Zeitgeist Films has acquired distribution rights to "Eva Hesse," a documentary that focuses on the life of the titular star. The film marks the debut of director Marcie Begleiter and is produced by Karen S. Shapiro ("Beat the Drum") and Michael P. Aust ("Pommes essen").
Eva Hesse was a German-born American artist who quickly rose to fame in the New York art scene thanks to 20-group shows and a cover article for "ArtForum" magazine. She died at the age of 34 that same year from a brain tumor. The documentary also covers Hesse’s life as a Jew in 1930’s Hamburg, her narrow escape to New York and her transformation into a pioneer in sculpting.
Zeitgeist Co-Presidents Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo released the following statement in regards to the acquisition: "[We] have been following this film ever since we were struck by a postcard sent to our office showing Eva with one of her sculptures. Once we heard her story we knew we had to share it with audiences and we think they will be completely captivated as we were."
The film is set to be released on April 27 at Film Forum in New York City.