Scene from the film Neues Theater
Scene from the film Neues Theater
Scene from the film Neues Theater
Scene from the film Neues Theater

Neues Theater

  • Germany
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Daniel Kötter’s single take film Neues Theater, based on a performance staged in November 2011, examines a moment of fundamental change in the understanding of public space in post-communist Poland.

The workshop hall of the Warsaw city cleaning company MPO will turn into the new cultural centre for Poland’s most internationally renowned theatre company Nowy Teatr, the work of the workers will be replaced by the work of actors and viewers. While the camera slowly travels along the hall, the roles of viewers and actors, of labour and performance, practice and theory keep oscillating.

The film stages the “theatre” itself, not as yet another art form (with its specific institutional conditions, market rules and local aesthetic and historic limitations), but as a name for the allegoric space of encounter.


  • Original Title
    Neues Theater
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Daniel Kötter
  • Cinematography
    Karol Czyż
  • Editing
    Daniel Kötter
  • Music
    Adam Repucha
  • Sound
    Marcin Lenarczyk
  • Runtime
    43 min (31-45 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Rencontres Internationales Berlin/Paris, Gaieté lyrique Paris is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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