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Hans Arnold - Art of the Witchmaster

Follow into the mind of the creative genius and surreal horror master HANS ARNOLD. His life journey and his amazing images will mesmerize you and give you insights in art, life & horror. Hans Arnold is perhaps best known for illustrating works of Astrid Lindren and ABBAs Greatest HIts cover. The filmmaker followed Arnold during his last four years, but It took 12 years of work to turn Hans Arnolds life saga into a touching documentary with ingenious interweaving between interviews, archive and Arnolds art.
DCP - english, french and german subtitles - 5.1 surround

  • Micke Engström
    Faust 2.0
  • Micke Engström
  • Micke Engström
  • Hans Arnold
    Key Cast
  • Ralph Lundsten
    Key Cast
  • Thomas Rydell
    Faust 2.0
  • Fredrik Stålne
    5.1 soundmixer
    Eurovision, Äkta människor
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Hans Arnold - Penselns Häxmästare
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    9,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Swedish
  • Shooting Format:
    many different
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • Njutafilms (Sweden)
    Country: Sweden
    Rights: Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Theatrical, Video / Disc
    Country: Sweden
Director Biography - Micke Engström

Started doing films at the age of 9. Won a national swedish short film competition (Svensk smalfilm och Video) 1989. Has directed a lot of short films, some prize winners, some shown in national tv (SVT and Tv4). Since 1990 an professional editor who also does tv-graphics (and specialeffects and some film company vignettes!).
Co-directed the horror feature "Faust 2.0" in 2014.

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Director Statement

I didn´t want to do just a chronicle about the Artist´s life, I tried to do this film in an "Arnoldian" style, with humor and a heart. And I tried to honestly interpret the facts of his life to a deeper "meaning" - a story.
In the 60s and 70s Hans Arnold was an extremely famous horror artist - to some extent even internationally - but when he died 2010 he was almost forgotten - and even disliked by some. Therefore it took me nearly 12 years, and the help of crowd funding, to make this documentary. This is a film - and a process - that to some extent helped me understand parts of my own life, and even get some new insights about the swedish society! As being a fan of Hans Arnolds amazing artwork since childhood, I was honored to meet this legendary artist in 2007-2010.

Please take your time to check out this unique pearl!

IMDb-rating: 7.2
Reviewed as 8 of 10 by the magazine Hemmabio, "congenial documentary".
4 of 5 by reviewer Ronny Svensson, swedish tv4.