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L E   F I F A
LICHT Stockhausen's Legacy

World Premiere

LICHT Stockhausen’s Legacy

Oeke Hoogendijk

Netherlands | 2021 | 2 h 1 min
English, German, Dutch |
Subtitles: English
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Jury Award, FIFA 2022

Brilliant … Megalomaniacal … Impossible to produce: these are some of the words used to describe the colossal, radical Licht (Light) opera cycle written by legendary and controversial composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. It took him 26 years to write this larger-than-life opera; he completed it in 2003, six years before his death. However, his magnum opus was never performed. It was musically and theatrically too complex, logistically impossible, and simply too expensive; no opera company was courageous (or audacious) enough to produce it. Until now. The film re-creates Stockhausen’s musical world through the production of the work, staged and performed by the Dutch National Opera, in the context of Stockhausen’s dramatic life story. Licht reflects his personal experiences on life’s greatest themes: birth, death, war, love, and spirituality. In the end, Licht is also the portrait of a free spirit who made the impossible possible, even from beyond the grave.
Director Oeke Hoogendijk
Script Fabie Hulsebos, Oeke Hoogendijk
Production Boudewijn Koole, Iris Lammertsma
Line Producer Jantien Ekkes
Director of Photography Gregor Meerman
Editing Sander Vos
Sound Recording Tim Van Peppen
Sound mixing Michel Schöpping
Music Karlheinz Stockhausen

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Oeke Hoogendijk

Oeke Hoogendijk

Oeke Hoogendijk (1961) is an internationally acclaimed documentary maker. She studied stage direction at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht (1990) and made her debut with her film documentary The Saved (1998), which won the Dutch Academy Award Het Gouden Beeld in 1998 and the Euro-Comenius Award in Vienna (1999). Her second film, The Holocaust Experience (2002), had its premiere during IDFA 2002 and was selected for several festivals in Europe and the United States.
Over a period of ten years, Hoogendijk followed the large-scale renovation and reorganisation of the world-famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. She turned this material into a four episode series (2013) and a feature length documentary (2014, that won a.o. the Golden Calf at the Netherlands Film Festival, the Prix D’Italia, the Prix du Meilleur Documentaire at the Festival International du Film Montreal, and Best Dutch Documentary at IDFA 2014.
Hoogendijk specializes in documentaries about art. They are often long-running projects with a cinematographic approach that involves capturing the content as much as possible in scenes. At present, Hoogendijk is finishing the full-length documentary, Treasures of the Crimea (Zeppers Film), which premiered at IDFA 2021.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Selected films:
Treasures of the Crimea (2021)
My Rembrandt (2019)
Marten & Oopjen, Portrait of a Marriage (2019)
The New Rijksmuseum, the Film (2014)
The New Rijksmuseum eps. 3 & 4 (2013)

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