Self-Portrait as a Coffee Pot

    • William Kentridge
    • South Africa, United States
    • 2022
    • 110 min
    • Dutch Premiere
    • Masters

    The celebrated South African artist William Kentridge opens the doors of his studio and treats us to his playful philosophical thoughts on the impossibility of knowing oneself. Through animation, performance, collage and charcoal drawings he creates a witty and imaginative self-portrait.

    He literally enters into a dialogue with himself: Kentridge interviews Kentridge, both in shot at the same time—in his studio, the impossible becomes possible. The film also pays tribute to the inventiveness of early film and the special effects of Georges Méliès. The result is a brilliant experiment with form and ideas, in which the coffee pot turns out to play a central role.

    In the part entitled “Vanishing Points,” we see Kentridge making wall-sized charcoal drawings of his childhood in Johannesburg, after which he summarizes his views on colonialism, apartheid and gold mining in a few well-chosen strokes. He captivatingly attempts to answer philosophical questions about chaos, possibilities, the ascription of meaning, and our place in the world with the only material he needs: paper and charcoal.


    • 110 min
    • color / black and white
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: English
    • Subtitles in: English
    William Kentridge
    Kentridge Studios, THE OFFICE perforing arts + film, Louverture Films, LLC
    Executive producer
    Rachel Chanoff, Joslyn Barnes, Noah Bashevkin, Brenda Potter
    Duško Marović
    Janus Fouche, Zana Marovic

    IDFA history

    Share this film

    Print this page

    IDFA history

    This website uses cookies.

    By using cookies we can measure how our site is used, how it can be further improved and to personalize the content of online advertisements.

     here everything about our cookie policy. If you choose to decline, we only place functional and analytical cookies