A film by Kamilla Pfeffer
She paints mutilated, naked, sexless and faceless bodies. And she paints faces radiating happiness, people in paradise, people who fly. Originally from Bulgaria, Oda Jaune studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, becomes a master scholar of the painter Jörg Immendorff and later, his wife. After Immendorff’s death in 2007, she moves to Paris. She agrees to make this film and the idea is for the director and her cinematographer to join her in the studio and capture her creative process for an upcoming exhibition.
During their collaboration the protagonist repeatedly refuses to comply. A complicated encounter, in which the filmmaker deploys cautious maneuvers to reveal Oda Jaune’s fragile act of painting, without damaging it in the process.
KAMILLA PFEFFER was born in Wiesbaden (Germany) in 1982. She studied political
science and Romance philology in Mainz and Strasbourg before beginning her studies in
documentary filmmaking and photography at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne in
2009. ‘Who is Oda Jaune?’ is her graduation film.
Since 2009 she has also been working as a freelance journalist (publishing in Süddeutsche
Zeitung and Chrismon, among others) and as a script consultant for documentary
MENSCHEN, KEINE NUMMERN MEHR – SCHÜLER BESUCHEN AUSCHWITZ’
(2012, report, WDR, 45 min), Co-director, with Felix Kuballa‚ DAS ARCHIV – WIE KÖLN SEIN GEDÄCHTNIS WIEDERFINDET’ (2010, documentary,
WDR, 45 min), co-director, with Werner Kubny.
Original language: German & French
Produced by: Gebrueder beetz filmproduktion
In coproduction with: Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM)
With the support of: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
Berlinale 2016 – PERSPECTIVE DEUTSCHES KINO