Soda Pictures is planning the UK launch of Corinna Belz’s Gerhard Richter Painting for Oct 3, just ahead of the opening of his retrospective at the Tate Modern (Oct 6-Jan 8).

The film is the first feature documentary about the influential German painter. Belz was granted unprecedented access to the painter while he was working for a period of three years, as well as being able to access his archives.

On Oct 3, Soda will screen the film at London’s Curzon Mayfair followed by a Q&A with director Belz and producer Thomas Kufus, to be moderated by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Chief Curator at Whitechapel Gallery.

The film had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and then its UK premiere at the Cambridge Film Festival on Sept 23.

Eve Gabereau, Managing Director of Soda Pictures, said: “I am honoured to represent this film about an artist I’ve admired for such a long time. We
have already had a great critical response to the documentary, so we have high hopes for this film to fulfill an art enthusiast’s dream about exploring what painting is and how to reflect upon images that surround us.”

A limited edition DVD and book set including the film plus extra will be available from early October at Tate shops and beyond. An international version of the DVD will be available from February 2012 to coincide with Richter’s 80th birthday.