A portrait of the Faroese sculptor Hans Pauli Olsen.
The film follows the creation of sculptor Hans Pauli Olsen's biggest sculpture so far. We take part in the process when the artist is working in his backyard studio together with his young nude model. We are the fly on the wall, when the artist forgets about the camera and exists only for creating his art with his bare hands. And we experience the contrast between art as subtile, exhibited works in distinguished halls of art and as a simple lump of clay in a dirty garage.
Hans Pauli Olsen, born in 1957 in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands. He often uses classic materials such as granite, plaster and bronze in his works and has developed a special figurative way of expression with the human figure as the principal element.
"Hans Pauli Olsen tells about his work in an unpretentious and concrete manner (...) From sketches of the sculpture on paper to the finished work at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Ottarsddóttir’s filming beautifully captures the different textures of the materials as well as Hans Pauli Olsen’s work with them." - Review by Dorte Hygum Sørensen in Politiken 27 January 2008:
"Nordatlantiske Biodage [North Atlantic Cinema Days] are off to at good start with the film ’No one can achieve perfection’ (...) We are constantly surrounded by busts, torsoes, human sculptures, sketches and the joy of creating these almost perfect mirrors of man (...) It may be that no one can achieve perfection as the title of the film would claim but to this reviewer it seems that Hans Pauli’s expressive sculptures of humans come very close." - Review by Thomas Pederesen at ON-Z.dk 1 February 2008:
Director, photographer & editor: Katrin Ottarsdóttir.
Idea: Hugin Eide & Katrin Ottarsdóttir.
Sound post production: Jazbo Gross von Magius.
Producer: Hugin Eide.
Production: Blue Bird Film © 2008.
Duration: 85 minutes.
Premiere: 30 January 2008
Supported by: Mentamálaráðið, Mentanargrunnur Landsins, Eik Banki, Fjølrit, Listafelag Føroya & Føroya Skúlabókagrunnur.