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Omer Fast

“As a director you have the opportunity to stage a small world and also to bring it to a new start - to do and to re-do. These are important things for me. (...) A film never really ends. The ending is arbitrary, because the money runs out or for other reasons.”

Photo: Omer Fast at the shooting of "August"

Filmgalerie 451 has been working with Omer Fast since 2011 and is since then distributing some of his most important cinematic works and has also co-produced some of them. Omer Fast is one of the most important film and video artists of his generation. Films such as 5000 FEET IS THE BEST and CONTINUITY create narratives that question the boundaries between one’s own narrative and that of the media as well as current and historical events. The collaboration with Omer Fast is an important challenge for us because it continually tests the possibilities of cinema and thus the possibilities of narration.


Omer Fast was born in Jerusalem in 1972. He holds a BA in English from Tufts University, a BFA in Visual Arts from the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and an MFA from HunterCollege, City University of New York. Since finishing his studies in 2000, Fast hasparticipated in over 150 international exhibitions, including solo shows at the Whitney Museum in New York, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art in Vienna and Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. Group exhibitions include dOCUMENTA13, the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Fast received the Bucksbaum award for his work “The Casting” at the Whitney Biennial in 2008 and has also won the National Galerie’s Prizefor Young Art in Berlin in 2009 with his work “Nostalgia”. His work is in several international collections including Tate Modern, the Guggenheim Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Centre Pompidou.

Films in the program

GER 2023

After a protest against forest clearing, the young activist Angela M. falls into a ravine. Injured and stranded, she wanders through the...

D 2016, 15 min

The last days of the German photographer August Sander (1876-1964).

GER 2016, 85 min

A middle aged couple hire young men to act as their son.

GER 2016, 30 min

A disturbing role play.

GER/USA 2014, 56 min

Four real-life adult film performers at a working day in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California  a hybrid...

GER 2012, 41 min

Coming home from Afghanistan.

GER/USA 2011, 30 min

The fictional restaging of a drone pilots unfinished story.