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Staging Death

Jan Soldat 2022, experimental, 8′
16:9, 24fps, mono, german/english with engl. subtitles


Udo Kier dies his way through film history. He screams, falls, lies, is cut into pieces, shot or commits suicide. Again and again his empty gaze, again and again his rigid body. In 54 years as an actor, Udo Kier played in more than 170 feature films, 120 series episodes and 50 short films. More than 70 times Udo Kier tried to give an expression to dying and death.
In „Staging Death“, these representations of death merge into a montage of the most diverse shots, film formats, special effects and sound designs. European auteur cinema, Hollywood blockbusters, independent trash, art installations, television films, commercials, music videos and children’s series: in Udo Kier’s oeuvre, everything becomes one.

„Directors are now thinking increasingly strained about what new ways they can kill me. […] At some point, somebody would have to make a montage of all my film deaths.“
Udo Kier (Interview Subway Magazine #145, December 1999)


Idea, Research & Editing
Sales & Distribution

Jan Soldat
Lorenz Fischer
sixpackfilm /


54th Quinzaine des réalisateurs – Directors‘ Fortnight Cannes / 58a Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema – Pesaro Film Festival / 25th Guanajuato International Film Festival / 28th L’Étrange Festival / 2. Easterfield Festival Hamburg / GEGENkino #8 / 18th Court Métrange Festival / 12th Bucharest Intl. Experimental Film Festival / 10th IndieCork Film Festival / 66th BFI London Film Festival / Absurde Séance Festival Nantes / 22nd ToHorror Fantastic Film Fest / Viennale ’22 / 45th Denver Film Festival / 36th Braunschweig International Film Festival / 18th Festival Augenblick / Exground Filmfest 35 / 38th Interfilm International SFF Berlin / 16th Kurzfilmfestival Köln / Flensburger Kurzfilmtage / 55th International Art Fair – Art Cologne / Midi Minuit Monoquini – Cinéma Utopia / 35th Minimalen Short Film Festival / Vilnius 23 – International Short Film Festival / Schikaneder Wien / 44. Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis / Courts Mais Trash Brussels ISFF / Kurzfilmnacht TU Ilmenau / 7. Diametrale Innsbruck / Independent Film Festival of Athens / 53th Tampere Film Festival / 30th Febiofest Bratislava / 29. Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche / Diagonale’23 / 10th Kurja Polt Genre Film Festival / 35th Filmfest Dresden / 26th Brussels Short Film Festival / 24th JeonJu International Film Festival / 20th Indielisboa Intl. Film Festival


Prädikat „Besonders Wertvoll“ – Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung
Honourable Mention Best World Short – 10th IndieCork Film Festival


Die 65 Tode des Udo Kier
(Matthias Dell / Zeit Online)
Filmemachen abseits der Mitte / Interview
(Gesa Ufer / Deutschlandfunk Kultur)
Muss man nicht verstehen
(Frédéric Jaeger /
„effortlessly cool“
(Markus Keuschnigg / Sixpackfilm)
Hommage an die Cinephilie
(Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung)
Un hommage fétichiste / Interview
(Nicolas Bardot / Le Polyester)
l’exercice ludique
(Paul Lhiabastres / Format Court)
„Chaque recontre est un film“ / Interview
(Katia Bayer / Format Court)
the most fun
(Michael Granados / Film Fest Report)
(Niger / The New Current)
„I made my own movie“
(Marina Pavido / Cinema Austriaco)
Wie viele Tode stirbt Udo Kier?
(Andrea Dittgen / Die Rheinpfalz)
Interview ab Minute 35:13
(Knut Elstermann / Radioeins)
plin de afecțiune
(Flavia Dima / S9)
Come un istante déjà vu