Absolute Wilson


Robert Wilson s aesthetics have shaped the international theater and opera scene for 40 years. At the same time, Wilson made a name for himself as an installation artist. Influenced by famous choreographers such as George Balanchine , Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham and by the abstract realism of the 50s, he developed his unmistakable visual language. Katharina Otto-Bernstein accompanied him for
five years with her camera. It is not just the artist and his famous productions such as " Einstein on the Beach " (1976) and " The CIVIL warS“(1983) in the center of her interest, for the first time Robert Wilson also reveals something personal in front of the camera. He tells of his youth in Waco, Texas, and that he was learning and language impaired, as well as other difficulties that he had to overcome in his extraordinary life. In addition to Wilson's sister Suzanne, numerous contemporary witnesses, colleagues and companions also have their say: the musician David Byrne , the publicist Susan Sontag , the composer Philip Glass , the opera singer Jessye Norman, the former director of the Paris Opera, Charles Fabius, and many others. This creates the complex portrait of this controversial all-round genius and his unconventional way of working: "Sometimes you tell yourself: What should I do next? Then you try to think of the right thing. But often you should rather think: what is the wrong thing that I shouldn't do? And then do that. " 


  • Länge

    109 min
  • Land

    USA, Deutschland
  • Vorführungsjahr

  • Herstellungsjahr

  • Regie

    Katharina Otto-Bernstein
  • Mitwirkende

    Robert Wilson, David Byrne, Susan Sontag, Tom Waits
  • Produktionsfirma

    Film Manufacturers Inc.
  • Berlinale Sektion

  • Berlinale Kategorie


Biografie Katharina Otto-Bernstein

Tochter des Hamburger Unternehmers Werner Otto. Studierte Philosophie und Politologie an der Columbia University sowie Schauspiel am Stella-Adler- Konservatorium. 1993 schloss sie ein Filmstudium (Drehbuch und Regie) an der Columbia University ab. Sie hat mehrere Dokumentarfilme gedreht und begleitend zu einem von ihnen das Buch „Beautopia: The Dark Side of Modeling“ verfasst. Auch zu ABSOLUTE WILSON ist ein „Buchzum Film“ erschienen: „Life is Work“.

Filmografie Katharina Otto-Bernstein

1994 The Second Greatest Story Ever Told | 1998 Beautopia | 2000 The Need for Speed