War of Art
Premiere in Berlin on Jun 06, 2019
Director: Tom Gulliksen
Camera: Sven-Erling Brusletto
Cut: Uwe Klimmeck
Music: Kjetil Røst Nilsen, Takumi Motokawa, Frank Zerban, Nik Nowak
Design: Kristian Pedersen, Jean Valnoir
Production: Andreas Gutzeit, Linn Aronsen, Eirin O. Høgetveit, Benedikte Danielsen
with: Morten Traavik, Henrik Placht, Nik Nowak, Jean Valnoir, Quentin Shih, Cathie Boyd
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What happens when a group of international artists travel to North Korea to create art like the regime have never seen before? The documentary “War of Art” seeks to answer that question.
While the world is on the verge of nuclear war, a group of Western contemporary artists are invited into the eye of the storm – North Korea. The aim is to collaborate with North Korean artists in a creative exchange project displaying new and challenging art in a country where abstract art is forbidden.
We observe as the notoriously clandestine and bleak country is invaded by this cast of colorful characters. They arrive in pursuit of a peaceful cultural exchange, but the project may well turn into a War of Art.