Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil

Directed by Pieter van Huystee

Year: 2016
Running Time: 89
Color Type: Color
Country: Netherlands
Language: English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian with English subtitles
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Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil

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Writers Hans Dortmans and Pieter van Huystee
Directed by Pieter van Huystee


In 2016, the Noordbrabants Museum in the Dutch city of Den Bosch held a special exhibition devoted to the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who died 500 years ago. This late-medieval artist lived his entire life in the city, causing uproar with his fantastical and utterly unique paintings in which hell and the devil always played a prominent role. In preparation for the exhibition, a team of Dutch art historians crisscrosses the globe to unravel the secrets of his art. They use special infrared cameras to examine the sketches beneath the paint, in the hope of discovering more about the artist's intentions. They also attempt to establish which of the paintings can be attributed with certainty to Bosch himself, and which to his pupils or followers. The experts shuttle between Den Bosch, Madrid and Venice, cutting their way through the art world's tangle of red tape, in a battle against the obstacle of countless egos and conflicting interests. Not every museum is prepared to allow access to their precious art works.

“FASCINATING. Bosch’s images aresurreal, crazy, violent, sinister, astounding. They can make your eyes pop open in disturbed wonder. (The film) brings us literally closer to Bosch’s images than one could probably get in almost any museum… (it) offers a true immersion in his artistry.”
– Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“(Bosch’s) paintings, teeming with demons, creatures worthy of H.G. Wells’s ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ and surreal amalgams of all sorts, still strike awe… It’s a measure of Bosch’s imaginative genius that the imagery in works like The Garden of Earthly Delights outstrips in boldness many of the extreme digital fantasies in Hollywood horror films.”
– Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“An enthralling art detective story and a fascinating history lesson. There is not one boring moment in its 89 minute running time. There might not have been Dali or Geiger if it weren’t for Bosch. It’s a real delight to see his work up-close and personal, blown up on the big screen. Engrossing. A great watch.”
– Dustin Chang, Screen Anarchy

“The art museum is a multitudinous place of discovery in HIERONYMUS BOSCH: TOUCHED BY THE DEVIL. The doc is no mere appreciation piece, nor an advertisement for the sanctity or edifying calm of the museum space. Instead, it showcases the mechanism behind the exhibit that places curatorial efforts into fascinating light.”
– Clayton Dillard, Slant Magazine

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Venue City Date
Pacific Film Archive Berkeley 1482037200December 18 - December 22, 2016
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Memphis 1480741200December 3, 2016
Yerba Buena Center For The Arts San Francisco 1480568400December 1 - December 4, 2016
Media Arts Center San Diego / Digital Gym San Diego 1479445200November 18 - November 24, 2016
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston 1479445200November 18 - December 3, 2016
Winnipeg Film Group Winnipeg 1479358800November 17 - November 24, 2016
The Princess Waterloo 1477972800November 1 - November 5, 2016
Naro Expanded Cinema Norfolk 1477972800November 1, 2016
Taos Center For The Arts Taos 1477800000October 30 - November 2, 2016
Oklahoma City Museum of Art Oklahoma City 1477627200October 28 - October 30, 2016
Bytowne Cinema Ottawa 1477540800October 27 - October 30, 2016
Bama Theatre Tuscaloosa 1477368000October 25, 2016
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Michigan Theater Ann Arbor 1476763200October 18 - October 20, 2016
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Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1475812800October 7 - October 13, 2016
Guild Cinema Albuquerque 1475553600October 4 - October 26, 2016
FilmBar Phoenix 1475294400October 1 - October 2, 2016
FilmBar Phoenix 1475294400October 1 - October 2, 2016
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Toronto 1475294400October 1 - October 4, 2016
Living Room Theaters, Boca Raton Boca Raton 1475208000September 30 - October 6, 2016
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Boston 1474948800September 27 - October 2, 2016
Center For Contemporary Arts Santa Fe 1474603200September 23 - September 29, 2016
Picturehouse Pelham 1474603200September 23 - September 29, 2016
Living Room Theaters Portland 1474603200September 23 - September 29, 2016
Pittsburgh Filmmakers - Regent Square Pittsburgh 1474603200September 23 - October 6, 2016
Tivoli Cinemas Kansas City 1473998400September 16 - September 29, 2016
Cinema du Parc Montreal 1473998400September 16 - September 29, 2016


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