Art Documentary “Hieronymus Bosch: Touched By the Devil” Opening in NYC!
2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch. Whether you know it or not, his wildly bizarre imaginings of hell are permanently etched upon your psyche. Pieter van Huystee tracks down his 25 or so surviving paintings, recording the meticulous work of archivists to definitively attribute the work to the artist (10 family members painted) as well as the snarky jousting by Dutch and Spanish curators over granting access to the masterpieces. (The Garden of Earthly Delights, the Prado’s Mona Lisa, has not left Spain in 400 years and it’s not about to anytime soon.) Bosch’s vivid imagination spawned precise, grotesque, salacious juxtapositions: “a bird-headed monster wearing a cooking pot as a helmet while devouring a man whose backside emits fire, smoke and a flock of blackbirds.”- Tom Rachman, The New York Times. Tantalizing, repulsive, hilarious, and sexually perverse: his hell is our hell, even after 500 years.
The film will have its New York opening on July 27th at Film Forum.
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY PIETER VAN HUYSTEE
THE NETHERLANDS • 2015 • 89 MINS
IN ENGLISH AND DUTCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES • KINO LORBER