Peter Lindbergh first saw on the big screen a feature film dedicated to his work at the World Premiere of the 69th Berlinale on February 15th during the Berlin International Film Festival.
Berlin viewers who had been able to book their place at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and the Cubix 8 in Berlin for two sold-out screenings on February 15 and 16, discovered that the last of the lords of fashion photography is not only the one we believe. Jean-Michel Vecchiet, the French documentary director signs “Peter Lindbergh- Women’s Stories”. He wanted this biographical film as a psychoanalytic film whose fundamental question would be: how Peter Brodbeck, a child born during the Second World War, son of Germans in a subjugated Poland became Peter Lindbergh, the recognized photographer, portraitist of the most beautiful women in the world. And we discover during the movie that this path to beauty starts in the ruins of a destroyed Germany.
A rare documentary on the life of an artist by an artist where the sound of Nazi boots, the roar of bombers, the deafening din of factories alongside the dry clinking of the camera, punctuated by the encouragement of the photographer to the model in these mysterious ballets from which emerged the iconic images of the last thirty years when glossy paper was king. In front of the work, one always asks the question of the backstage. The mystery of creation Jean-Michel Vecchiet calls in women’s voices to understand: old Polish women from Leszno, the hometown, sister, wives, editors, muses. But also Van Gogh and his poetic writings.
The film sets down its singularity at the onset of the first images and surprises with a mise en abime on the act of creation. The author embarks us with him and recreates the enigmatic thread of the heroic stuff of his sacred monster. Jean-Michel Vecchiet and Peter Lindbergh. A duo of artists, the first filming the second photographing the most beautiful women in the world for popular magazines within a few tens of centimeters of each other, over more than twenty years.
This intimacy gives a poetic film and an exceptional document behind the scenes of a work, on the extraordinary energy of a young artist from Germany in the 60s seeking his poetic voice, snapping up by the promises, of the world of fashion. This is how Peter Brodbeck became Peter Lindbergh a huge photographer of his time beyond fashion images and celebrity portraits.
Peter Lindbergh-Women’s Stories, a film by Jean-Michel Vecchiet with Astrid Lindbergh, Helga Polzin, Irene Silvagni, Petra Lindbergh, Naomi Campbell, Charlotte Rampling. DCM production, Badaro’s films. Germany, 2019.
Film selected in the programming of the 69 th edition of the Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival.
Friday 15 February at 3 pm at Haus der Berliner Festspiele / complete
Saturday, February 16 at 18h at Cubix 8 / complete
Jean-Michel Vecchiet, is a French documentary filmmaker who shares his life between France and Lebanon. During the last forty years, he has filmed in particular in the United States, China and the Middle East.
2001 Peter Lindbergh, Road Map 2003 Mao’s Photographs 2005 Andy Warhol’s Lives and Deaths 2007 Andy Warhol, the Work Incarnate; We were the Exodus 2009 Iran, A power unveiled 2011 Basquiat, A life 2012 The songs of freedom 2013 June 6, 1944, They were the first 2019 Here lives the Devil; Peter Lindbergh – Women’s Stories
2001Peter Lindbergh, Carnet de route 2003, Photographes de Mao 2005, Vies et morts d’Andy Warhol 2007, Andy Warhol, l’Œuvre incarnée ;Nous étions l’Exodus 2009 Iran, Une puissance dévoilée 2011 Basquiat, Une vie 2012 Les chants de la liberté 2013 6 juin 1944, Ils étaient les premiers 2019 Ici habite le Diable ; Peter Lindbergh – Women’s Stories