The heart is my eye
Ferdinand Hodler – The heart is my eye is the first in-depth documentary on the life and work of Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918). The film is a polyphonic and passionate representation in images, texts and music on Switzerland’s “national painter” and the great issues with which he dealt: life, nature, love and death.
Interviewees were specifically called on to offer their subjective opinions and views of Hodler and his work. Art historian Jura Brüschweiler gives us an extremely well-founded and yet deeply felt picture of an artist to whom he has devoted his entire professional life. – In a very personal portrait of the artist, Swiss writer Peter Bichsel explores such icons by Hodler as Wilhelm Tell. Bichsel would love to have watched him play the accordion, perhaps to discover things about Hodler that would never have been revealed in conversation. – Sketches, studies and drawings by Hodler from painter Rudolf Schindler’s magnificent collection are not only a unique opportunity to see and appreciate; they also give us an unparalleled insight into the making of some of the artist’s most important works. – The world-famous exhibition maker and art historian Harald Szeemann (1933-2005) takes a look at Ferdinand Hodler’s oeuvre from a contemporary perspective, expressing his delight in its variety, quality and forcefulness.