A poetic portrait of one of the world’s greatest living puppeteers, Michael Meschke.


Wednesday 21 May 2014 at Rialto Amsterdam.


Wiktoria Szymańska
UK & Poland | 2013 | 64 min

For more than six decades, Michael Meschke travelled and performed worldwide with his collection of hand-crafted marionettes.
An avant-garde theatre star in France for his surrealist creations for some of the most renowned French theatre directors , Meschke resides now in Stockholm, where his 3000 puppets have found refuge in the storage room of a museum.

With a mix of rarely seen excerpts from his performances, interviews with collaborators and Meschke’s own honest view on his career and artistry, the documentary explores the profound bond between the master and his creatures, his “other children”, each with its own personal story and recognizable personality.

Szymańska film invites the viewer to enter Meschke’s world, a poetic universe where marionettes incarnate the purest human emotions and reveal the drama of life through the magic of their life-like movement.
THE MAN WHO MADE ANGELS FLY reveals the inner world of an extraordinary artist and offers a touching reflection on an ancient art form on the verge of disappearing.

“Nothing less than magnificient. […] Everything in this film is so precisely crafted and in harmony with Meschke’s own fascinating puppeteering craftmanship.” – Filmkommentaren (DK)

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed art related documentaries and artists’ films.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through experimental documentaries and cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and global thinkers.
Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.

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