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Christian Bau

Christian Bau

Christian Bau is a German writer and director who made the documentary ‘In the Boondocks’.

This poetic documentary film links the fate of New York artist Jimmy Ernst and his parents Max Ernst and Louise Straus on several narrative levels with the story of the print shop Augustin in Gluechstadt.

1935 – Jimmy’s parents had to flee to Paris – the Augustin family take in the 15-year-old as an apprentice typesetter. He learns how to set foreign languages such as Chinese and Arabic as well as Runic characters and cuneiform script. Inspired by his work he develops a fascination with symbols that will influence his entire oeuvre. With the help of the Augustin family Jimmy finally manages to escape to New York in 1938. His father later follows him to the United States, his mother is deported to Auschwitz where she is murdered.

The print shop Augustin today: based on photographs and contemporary witness accounts the abandoned print shop comes back to life. While the camera sweeps over characters, mysterious symbols and foreign alphabets, the images are accompanied by text passages from Jimmy Ernst’s memoirs “A Not-So-Still Life”, read by Burghart Klaussner to the music of sound artist Ulrike Haage. In its entirety this provides a fascinating insight which is crowned by pictures taken by the renowned photographer Candida Hoefer.


Kameramann und Produzent bei:

2012 The Authentic Replica von Niels Gutschow und Christoph Henrichsen
2012 Getting Married. The Wedding of Mahesh and Benela von Niels Gutschow und Axel Michaels
2012 Jain Architectural Heritage von Niels Gutschow und Rabindra Vasavada
2009 The Spirit of the Architecture versus Material Authenticity von Niels Gutschow
2008 Belfruit and Loincloth – Belfrucht und Lendentuch von Niels Gutschow und Axel Michaels
2005 Die Verabschiedung der Toten von Niels Gutschow und Christian Bau
2004 Handling Death – Den Tod in die Hand nehmen von Niels Gutschow und Axel Michaels

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