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)


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54th Quinzaine des réalisateurs – Directors‘ Fortnight Cannes / 58a Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema – Pesaro Film Festival

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