(2006) 101 min. 35mm. Color
Writer, Director and Producer:
Katharina Otto-Bernstein
http://www.absolutewilson.com/

Winner of the Art Basel ART FILM OF THE YEAR award, ABSOLUTE WILSON premiered to rave reviews at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival. After garnering accolades from festivals around the world, ABSOLUTE WILSON received a worldwide theatrical release and celebrated its television premiere on HBO in 2007.

ABSOLUTE WILSON chronicles the epic life, times and creative genius of Robert Wilson, intimately revealing for the first time one of the most controversial, daring and downright mysterious artists of our era. The two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, Robert Wilson, is considered the leading stage artist in America; he has been hailed by the New York Times as the "towering figure" of contemporary theatre. In Europe, he is a superstar to rival any living artist. Across the world, he is acclaimed as a pioneer in lighting and stage design. He has invented a new language for the stage and has worked with many of the most creative minds in the public consciousness today.

With humor, verve and a buoyant pace, filmmaker Katharina Otto-Bernstein followed the restless creator for five years around the world and created a unique portrait that freely moves between past and present; inter-cutting candid interviews with the famous artist himself ("After I tried to commit suicide I ended up in a mental institution and the first impression I had was that I actually liked it") and array of collaborators, contemporaries and critics -- ranging from musicians David Byrne and Tom Waits, to the late writers Susan Sontag and William S. Burroughs, to composer Philip Glass and singer Jessye Norman, among many other familiar faces.

The probing yet playful narrative reveals the deep inter-connections between Wilson's childhood experiences and the haunting beauty of his monumental works, which include the theatrical sensations "Deafman Glance," "Einstein on the Beach" and "The CIVIL WarS." More than a biography, ABSOLUTE WILSON is the moving and revealing tale of a child, the son the of the mayor of Waco, who grew up as a troubled outsider in a segregated, fundamentalist Texas during the 40s and 50s. Plagued by a speech impediment and learning disabilities, trapped between his beautiful but utterly remote mother and his ambitious, perpetually disapproving father who could not understand him, Robert Wilson learns to embrace his differences and discovers profound liberation in the New York arts world of the 1960s. Working as a therapist and using therapy as a tool of artistic expression, Wilson becomes a fearless artist with a profoundly original perspective that revolutionized the way we look at the performing arts today. The film peels back layer after layer to get to a raw, forthcoming and uniquely moving view of how Wilson's work emerged from an extraordinary life and a ceaseless yearning to communicate.

An exhilarating and entertaining exploration of the mystifying power of creativity itself, ABSOLUTE WILSON is also an inspirational tale of struggle, hope and overcoming the obstacles.

"Sometimes you say to yourself 'What' should I do next? And you're trying to think of the 'right' thing to do. But maybe you should think of what is the 'wrong' thing to do . . . and then do that." -- American artist Robert Wilson

Visit http://www.robertwilson.com/

ABSOLUTE WILSON is distributed by NEW YORKER FILMS in the United States and KINOWELT INTERNATIONAL, a Studio Canal company, worldwide. Copyright 2006 Film Manufacturers Inc.