Enter the imaginary world of Nerac, Life as an artist, an uplifting journey, a uniquely powerful imagination

About The King of Nerac

The King of Nerac is a unique portrait of the inner world of artist and art dealer David Breuer-Weil. It follows his day-to-day life as he juggles the practices of making and selling art, finally entering his imaginary world of Nerac to discover a remarkable creative process that exists not just in his artworks but in the world around us.

David Breuer-Weil combines his career as a successful dealer with being ‘one of Britain’s most powerful and original contemporary artists’ (The Times). His giant, apocalyptic canvases stare unflinchingly at the horrors of the 20th Century and his colossal sculptures dominate public spaces across the world.

Filmed on location in London, Cambridge and Scandinavia, Breuer-Weil takes us back to his time at Cambridge University and St Martin’s School of Art, delving into his childhood memories and the Kingdom of Nerac which forms the backbone of his creative process. Nerac, an imaginary world Breuer-Weil established in his childhood, is a place of rampant ideological change and struggle where the rise and fall of dynasties of artists gives Breuer-Weil freedom to interactively collaborate. It is a world of bizarre prophecy and strange thought – a place that has sustained Breuer-Weil’s wellspring of creativity to this very day.

The film opens up the debate on the purpose and meaning of art in the 21st century, in particular whether art has a role to play in responding to, and redeeming us from, the atrocities of the 20th century.

The King of Nerac offers unprecedented inside access to Breuer-Weil’s studio over a two-year period and captures the thoughts, feelings and struggles of a major artist. With superb art curation by Annie Sulzberger, beautiful cinematography by Guy Natanel and a sweeping musical score by Michael Csányi-Wills, it is a story that redeems and inspires us.

Screenings

Tuesday 20th January 2015, 9pm

World Premiere at the New York Jewish Film Festival, presented by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center

Followed by a Q&A with David Breuer-Weil and the Directors

Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023, United States

Tickets: http://nyjff.org/

Wednesday 21st January 2015, 1pm Matinee

World Premiere at the New York Jewish Film Festival, presented by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center

Followed by a Q&A with David Breuer-Weil and the Directors

Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023, United States

Tickets: http://nyjff.org/

Sunday 25th January 2015, 3pm

UK Premiere

Followed by a Q&A with David Breuer-Weil and the Directors

Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Tickets: https://www.ica.org.uk

  • PRODUCER

    Paul Goldin is an independent producer and lawyer. Paul’s credits include Diameter of the Bomb, released by LionsGate and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (2005), Ochberg’s Orphans, long-listed for an Academy Award (2008) and 20,000 Days on Earth, winner of Best Director and Best Editor Awards at The Sundance Film Festival (2014) and presently nominated for a BAFTA.

  • DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

    Annie Sulzberger is a producer and researcher for film and television, whose credits include; The Good Shepherd (Universal), The Iron Lady (Pathé/20th Century Fox), The Special Relationship (HBO/BBC), Southcliffe (C4) and Strike Back (HBO/SKY). Since co-producing and co-directing the documentary The King of Nerac, she has been part of the development team for an upcoming Netflix series.

  • CO-DIRECTOR/CINEMATOGRAPHER

    Guy Natanel is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in south London. Specialising in character-driven films that explore the human condition, Guy blends his unique narrative style with rich visual imagery. Guy’s feature-length and short documentaries have won acclaim at international festivals and screenings, including showcases at the United Nations. He is also the founder of Documental Films, which brings global issues and academic research to a wide audience, contributing to public debates and political policy. Before stepping behind the camera, Guy owned and operated an art-house cinema in the United States where he shared his love for independent cinema with his mountain community. His films include: Scent of Strawberries, 10:4 and Carrying the Light. The King of Nerac is his second feature film.

  • COMPOSER

    Award winning composer and pianist Michael Csányi-Wills was recently appointed composer in residence of the Welsh Sinfonia. He has written works ranging from Chamber music to Choral and Orchestral works to film scores. His work “Seagull Nebula” received several performances in a tour of Wales that the orchestra undertook in 2014. His music has been performed in Europe, US, Canada and Australia by a wide range of musicians and ensembles.

    Between 1997 and 2012 Michael collaborated with composer Nigel Clarke on several film scores that include Warner Brother’s commercial hits right through to independent gangster films. Since then, Michael has gone on to write film scores for a range of titles, most recently a feature documentary about conductor Paavo Järvi called “Maestro”. Michael has been nominated for “Newcomer of the year” at the World Soundtrack awards, and he also won Best Original Score at the Movie Maverick Awards. As a pianist, Michael still performs and records regularly and has recently released two award winning Albums for Toccata Classics with Russian violinist Yuri Kalnits. Michael was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in January 2012 and was appointed Head of Composition at the World Heart Beat Music Academy in January 2013.

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Produced by: Paul Goldin, Annie Sulzberger

Directed by: Annie Sulzberger, Guy Natanel

Director of Photography/Editor: Guy Natanel

Archive: Annie Sulzberger

Music by: Michael Csányi-Wills

Very special thanks: Samantha Breuer-Weil

Copyright 2014 The King of Nerac All rights reserved.


Special thanks

AB Fine Art – Jerry Hughes
Richard Aronowitz-Mercer
Air Management
Alon Zakaim Fine Art
Art Effects – Steve Haines
Artful Logistics
Simon Blomfield

Special thanks continued

Monica Bohm-Duchen
Matt Britles
Capita Symonds
Clare College, Cambridge University
Chris Craig
City of London Corporation and Hampstead Heath
Jason Eliot
Tina Ellis
Exhibition Continues
Wendy Fisher
Bonnie Gilmore
The Grosvenor Estate
Ben Hanly

Special thanks continued

Tarn Harper
Alexandra Hyde
Agi Katz
Nathan Kirsh
Katherine Natanel
Chloé Nelkin Consulting
Network Rail
OTT (London) Limited
Skira
Sotheby’s
Stage Electric
Kiti Weil
George Weil
Westminster City Council
Williams & Hill
Tim Wyatt

Sound: Ricky Barber, Matt Clark

Assistant Camera: Daniel Chisholm, Rina Lang

Production Assistants: Vanessa Fairley, Caitlin Fraser

Production Runners: Zoe Roberts, Anoushka Davey

Colourist: Colin Peters

Online Editor: Tom Lucas

Dubbing Mixer: Nick Cox

Post Production Facility: The Farm Group

Music Supervisor: Chantelle Woodnutt

Cor Anglais/Oboe Solos: Emily Pailthorpe

Piano Solos: Michael Csányi-Wills

Cello Solos: Nunziatina Del Vecchio

Score produced by: Michael Csányi-Wills for Air Edel Associates

Score Mixed by: Rupert Coulson

Music Recorded & Mixed at: Air Lyndhurst Studios, London

Transcriptions by: Take One Transcriptions

Insurance provided by: Jacqui Keymer, AON Insurance

Production Accountants: Post Sums Limited, Joseph Kahan Associates

Production Legals: Paul Grindey