Olowe und Ich

A Film by Christina Ruloff

Synopsis

OLOWE AND I.
His first “Olowe” was a fake, but by then art dealer Jean David had already fallen in love with the Yoruba artist Olowe of Ise (1875-1938). He absolutely had to have a genuine piece of art… and set off to find it. However, is it possible to distinguish between “real” and “fake” art in African art? Olowe – a singular figure in African art – not only had a workshop, like Rembrandt did. His contemporaries imitated his style. And with Olowe being a success at big western auctions, new “art” keeps appearing in Nigeria. How can he navigate through these muddy waters, buy great, genuine art whilst preserving his integrity? After all provenance is key when selling art these days. David – fearless and passionate – takes us onto a journey into an unknown universe full of beautiful contradictions.

Director

  • Picture of Christina Ruloff © Christina Ruloff

    Christina Ruloff

    Christina (*1985) studied history in Zurich; there at the Department of History she did educational documentaries answering questions such as “How does the cult of martyrs rise?” or “Why do people worship the Virgin Mary?”, before rediscovering her old passion: Storytelling. At the London Film School, she focussed on directing as well as cinematography, winning an award for her camerawork on “England’s Lourdes”, an avant-garde documentary on Canvey Island. Christina's main interest lies in exploring the relationship between individual and society. She lives and works in Zurich. "Olowe and I" is her first documentary.

Awards + Festivals

  • 7th CLUJSHORTS - INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cluj Napoca, Romania)April 23, 2019
  • 14th HOBOKEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Greenwood, NY, USA)May 17, 2019
  • 7th ALTAN KHALIS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)June 4, 2019
  • 10th PORTO 7 - OPORTO INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Oporto, Portugal)June 8, 2019
  • 6th INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL OF IERAPETRA & AWARDS (Official Selection, Crete, Greece)August 3, 2019
  • 4th CANAL DE PANAMA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Panamá, Panama)August 15, 2019
  • 1st WEST EUROPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - FUSION ISFF (Official Selection, Brussels, Belgium)August 17, 2019
  • 3rd BOLTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bolton, UK)October 1, 2019

Trailer

Crew

Director
Christina Ruloff
Screenplay
Christina Ruloff
Producer
Christina Ruloff
Director of Photography
James Edge
Sound
James Edge
Editor
Markus Gerwinat
Sound Design
Christina Ruloff
Music
Fabio Frik

Cast

Jean David
Christina Ruloff

Details

Running Time
14:17 min
Shooting Format
HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Ruloff Films
Staffelackerstraße 33
CH 8953 Dietikon, Switzerland

+41 78 761 09 63

DIRECTOR

Christina Ruloff

christina@christinaruloff.com
www.christinaruloff.com