Faces of Europe – Jörg Held, The Man with the Golden Hands


Jörg Held is a "gilder," a master of gold-plating. He graduated from the Munich master's school with the highest scores on exit exams ever granted. Since the age of four, according to his father, the son had one ambition: to become a church painter. The documentary observes as the young master of his craft restores a medieval organ in the Hessian city of Babenhausen. The process of gold-plating is time intensive and expensive, requiring great patience and an abundance of dexterity - not least as the organ is deconstructed into its component parts. These, in turn, are painstakingly cleaned and the earlier coats of painting analyzed before one undertakes the gold-plating process. To watch Jörg Held at his work is a feast for the eyes.

Filmographic details

Year 2006
Country Germany
Rights Worldwide
Runtime 26 Min.
Channel Arte / ZDF
Author Peter Kalvelage
Director Peter Kalvelage
Camera Andreas Schlosser, Thomas Linz