Director and Director of Photography Claire Pijman had access to thousands of Hi8 video diaries, pictures and polaroid’s that Müller photographed while he was at work on one of the more than 70 features he shot through his career; often with long term collaborators such as Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch and Lars von Trier.
The film intertwines those images with films excerpts, thus creating a fluid and cinematic continuum. In his score for LIVING THE LIGHT, Jim Jarmusch gives this wide raging scale of life and art, an additional music voice.
Robby Müller's work has been compared to painters like Vermeer and Hopper, other masters of light. Even when his films are finished, his images keep on moving. The light never fades because he always creates space for human emotions to come into the light. Living the Light is the story of that light.
Biography: In 1990 Claire Pijman graduated in cinematography at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam. Since then she works as a cinematographer on documentaries and fiction. Pijman has worked as a cameraman in the feature ‘Good Morning Karachi, by Sabiha Sumar and ‘Jermal’ by Ravi Bharwani.
A longtime friendship and apprenticeship with Robby Müller started after she operate one of the cameras on the “Buena Vista Social club”, by Wim Wenders.
Pijman considers Robby Müller as one of her most important inspirations.
Pijman made several documentaries amongst ‘Foot on the moon’, on the set of ‘Dancer in the Dark’, ‘Talking Guitars’. ‘Living the Light’-on Robby Müller and his work, based on his personal archive- is her most recent film.
Original language: English/Dutch/German/French
Produced by: Moondocs
Festival(s): Toronto International Film Festival 2018-
La Biennale di Venezia 2018, Italy- Selection Venice Classics Documentary Films
Flanders International Film Festival Ghent, Belgium, 2018
Netherlands Film Festival 2018, The Netherlands- opening film Director's Forum 2018
ICFF Manaki Brothers
Camerimage, Poland- Special Event