Fabian Huebner (avant*garde) is visiting film director Uwe Boll (BloodRayne). During the 50-minutes - documentary he gets a guided tour of the house and talks with Boll about Arthouse and Trash movies as well as the controversy surrounding his person. "Visiting Uwe" gives the viewer a special insight into the private life of the German born director and addresses topics, which one wouldn't normally link to Uwe Boll. Written by
I watched this documentary not because I am a fan of Uwe Boll but because I really enjoyed the previous work of host and director Fabian Hübner (have a look at my review for avant*garde). The big advantage of “Visting Uwe” is that one doesn’t need to be an admirer of Uwe Boll and his films in order to enjoy it. In contrary to most of the interviews with Boll, this one doesn’t want to exploit the controversy surrounding his person but tries to reflect his points of view on film, art and creativity.
The concept to talk with a widely detested mainstream director like Boll about Art-house, Godard, Tarkovsky or Lars von Trier is hilarious. One might think that “king of trash” can’t cope with such a “difficult” topic but that is not the case. I was surprised to see that Boll has serious knowledge in the field of film. He definitely knows what he is talking about. The fact that Hübner is equally trained makes the whole interview even more interesting and entertaining.
From time to time the discussion is interrupted by scenes in which Uwe Boll leads Hübner through his house and tells anecdotes about some of his belongings (for example the film reels in his basement) or plays with his dog in the garden.This is a good break from the interview and adds to the atmosphere.
Compared to its big brother “avant*garde”, Visiting Uwe seems more documentary like and in the end even turns into a mockumentary. The images are again visually striking and particularly the beginning and end scenes can, in terms of creativity, easily stand up to the avant*garde-series. The documentary was simultaneously shot with several cameras which creates some very interesting moments.
In the end “Visiting Uwe” is by no means your usual boring interview. It’s an entertaining and at the same time informative discussion between two film enthusiast, which is accompanied by a visually fresh style and wild punk rock music. If you want to learn about art-house films without falling asleep and at the same get an in-depth view in the mind of Uwe Boll, this is your place to start.
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