DOCUMENTARY Art or vandalism? Since 1977, the Sprayer of Zurich has been forcing this question. A sensitive portrait showing Naegeli’s legacy and a homage to the Utopian. His graffiti are minimalistic, but with great aesthetic power. Harald Naegeli used them in the 1970s to criticize Zurich’s monotonous cityscape, along with politics and our treatment of the environment. He spent time in jail and lived for many years in Düsseldorf. Since 2020, the 81-year old has been back in Zurich – and during the first lockdown sprayed more than 50 danses macabres. The canton prosecuted him, the city awarded him a major art prize.
NATHALIE DAVID (*1963) studied art at the Villa Arson in Nice and the HFBK art school in Hamburg. In 2009, she founded Pitchoun Production and has since then made several art documentaries.
Harald Naegeli - Der Sprayer von Zürich
German, Swiss German
OV with German subtitles
Harald Naegeli, Benjamin von Blomberg, Christoph Doswald, Regine Helbling, Markus Kägi, Corine Mauch, Pfarrer Christoph Sigrist, Susanne Stamm, Hans Martin Ulbrich, Mirjam Varadinis
Jean-Pierre Gerth, Julian Joseph, Kurt Human
Nathalie David, Andrew Bird (Supervising Editor)
Andrina Bollinger, Sophie Hunger
PS Film Gmbh
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