It was only 2008 when KW Berlin produced the exhibition MOMMARTZFILM DREHARBEIT. In 1967 Lutz Mommartz submitted his first four 16 mm movies at the legendary festival of experimental film in Knokke-le-Zoute, where his works attracted a great deal of attention. All four were accepted, three were screened in the competition, and his filmSelbstschüsse (Self Shots) was awarded the internationally recognized festival prize. Mommartz was a pioneer of the German cinema of his day, which came to be known as “the other cinema”. From 1978 to 1999 he was professor for film at the Münster Academy of Fine Arts. The poet, writer, and moviemaker today lives and works in Düsseldorf and Berlin.
But the movie i prefer is without doubt Fokus, not exhibited at KW.
Lutz Mommartz makes films that above all draw on an experimental initial situation. When filming he always enters into a certain constellation, sets himself a task, or concentrates on a specific idea. Despite the striking simplicity of his settings and his playful handling of the camera, his movies are complex, funny, and deeply moving.
Selected by Ingrid Melano