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Illusions on demand - the artist Thomas Demand

  • Das Spiel mit der Erinnerung - Die Bilderwelt des Thomas Demand (German title)
  • Thomas Demand - Illusionen aus Papier (Working title)
Documentary | 2010-2011 | arte, RB - Radio Bremen TV [de] | Art, Arthouse, Culture | Germany

Shooting data

Number of shooting days10
LocationsBerlin, Brandenburg

Project data

Length of movie26'15
Picture formatTV 16:9 (1 : 1,78)
Sound formatStereo

Brief synopsis

In approaching Demand’s work cinematographically, we will forgo juxtaposing his works of art with the original locations. In order to narrate the authentic as well as the personal backgrounds of his staged photographs, they must themselves be set in the scene again to preserve the memory game. For this, his art should be taken up using artificial, conceptional transposition to film. Each take will remain a mysterious moment, having an emphasized alienated viewpoint. Demand’s exhibition at the Berlin National Gallery 2009/10 provides the framework for the film."


ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
SprecherStefan Barth


Camera Departmentdirector of photography Kai Rostásy
Camera Departmentdirector of photographyJuri Schmidt
Camera Departmentmotion control dopGlenn Becker
Camera Department1st assistant cameraJens Mattner
Camera Department1st assistant camera Benjamin Frik
Director's Departmentdirector Jeremy Jozsef Pierre Fekete
Director's Department1st assistant directorNatalie Jergeschew
Editingeditor Robert HandrickHD
Gripkey/dolly grip Christian Bernutz1 DT
Gripkey/dolly gripStefan Scheuring

Production companies

 LOOKSfilmLOOKS Filmproduktionen GmbH

Distributing companies

 LOOKSfilmLOOKS International GmbH


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
 Robert Handrick2011Deutscher Kamerapreis 2011Schnit Dokumentarfilm / DokumentationNominated


TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
First showingGermanyarteSunday, 12.06.2011