Synopsis by Nathan Southern
In 1987, documentarist Heinz Peter Schwerfel shot the first of two eponymous biographical portraits of controversial and hotly-debated German artist Georg Baselitz, known for his twisted, distorted and abstract images that occasionally reveled in sexual grotesquerie (such as the infamous painting Die große Nacht im Eimer. The original film featured Baselitz speaking candidly and exhaustively on such subjects as his youth, the guiding principles behind his work and his reflections on fame. The sequel, made 17 years later, was produced in honor of a new retrospective of Baselitz's work; it finds Schwerfel revisiting the artist, showing him the original film and confronting him with the artistic assertions he made two decades prior. In it, Baselitz also talks about the more recent themes that have begun to interest him and his fixation with African sculptures.