by Michael BRYNNTRUP
1984-1986 / 8mm / color-b&w / sound / 1S / 127' 00

JESUS - THE FILM is a monumental feature film in 35 episodes, shot on Super8. The individual episodes retell the story of the New Testament and were made by a total of 22 filmmakers from East and West Germany in 15 months. The project's own history follows the story of Jesus Christ recruiting his apostles. The film's creator Michael Brynntrup is a central and controversial figure of Berlin's vivid independent community. His transgressive obsessions, as well as his capability to smuggle miles of Russian Super8 film-material through East-West customs, gathered a group of believers around him. Individuals and groups from various art factions filled the holy frame, inspired by the Dadaistic idea of an 'ecriture automatique'. From one to another, they passed ideas, material and actors, including Michael Brynntrup himself as the title character.
(with episodes by Anarchistische Gummizelle, Jörg Buttgereit, Die Tödliche Doris, Frontkino / Konrad Kaufmann, Birgit und Wilhelm Hein, intershop gemeinschaft wiggert, Almut Iser, Dietrich Kuhlbrodt, Georg Ladanyi, Merve Verlag, Giovanni Mimmo, padeluun, Robert Paris und Andreas Hentschel, Schmelzdahin, Stiletto, Sputnik Kino / Michael Wehmeyer, Teufelsberg Produktion, Lisan Tibodo, VEB Brigade Zeitgewinn, Werkstattkino München / Doris Kuhn, Andreas Wildfang and Michael Brynntrup)


distribution format Digital file on server (PAL)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
original language German
translation English (Embedded subtitles)
rental fee 189,00 €