Art of the Real 2014

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April 11 - 26

Our new annual series Art of the Real is a nonfiction showcase founded on the most expansive possible view of documentary film. The inaugural edition features new work from around the world alongside retrospective selections by both known and unjustly forgotten filmmakers. It is a platform for filmmakers and artists who have given us a wider view of nonfiction cinema and at the same time brought the form full circle, back to its early, boundary-pushing days. Co-programmed by Dennis Lim and Rachael Rakes.

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Workingman’s Death

Workingman’s Death

Michael Glawogger | 2005 | 122 mins

Special Screening

The Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger died on April 23 while shooting in Liberia. In his memory, Art of the Real presents his globe-spanning 2005 masterpiece, Workingman’s Death, and his rarely seen, Vertovian film poem, Haiku, from 1987.

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Monday, April 28

8:00pm
Actress

Actress

Robert Greene | 2014 | 86 mins

Closing Night

Filmmaker Robert Greene and subject Brandy Burre in person for Q&A!

Brandy Burre had a recurring role on HBO’s The Wire when she gave up her career to start a family. Actress follows her bumpy return to work, but it's never clear whether this film may simply be the next role. Screening with Rehearsal (Tom Rosenberg, 11m).

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Saturday, April 26

8:00pm
Blue

Blue

Derek Jarman | 1993 | 79 mins

Introduction by filmmaker/artist Carolee Schneemann!

Derek Jarman’s swan song comprises just one shot, a single frame of blue that mirrors his deteriorating sight as a side effect of HIV medication, presented alongside a dense aural tapestry exploring life, death, and the color blue.

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Friday, April 25

9:15pm
Change of Life

Change of Life

Paulo Rocha | 1966 | 90 mins

A soldier returns home to a Portuguese fishing village that has changed during his absence in Paulo Rocha's masterpiece of “sculpted reality,” a direct response to his mentor Manoel de Oliveira's Rite of Spring.

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Thursday, April 24

9:00pm

Friday, April 25

5:00pm
A New Product

A New Product

Harun Farocki | 2012 | 37 mins

With a light touch, Farocki arranges scenes of awkward office meetings, illustrated with perplexing diagrams and powered by neoliberal buzzwords, into a revelatory black satire of contemporary managerial process. Screening with Just Like Us (Jesse McLean, 15m) and Former Models (Benjamin Pearson, 20m).

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Thursday, April 24

7:00pm
San Clemente

San Clemente

Raymond Depardon | 1982 | 113 mins

Reminiscent of Wiseman’s Titicut Follies (1967), Depardon’s gripping account of the last days of a psychiatric hospital on the brink of shutting down allows viewers access to a world otherwise hidden from the public.

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Friday, April 25

7:00pm
To Singapore, with Love

To Singapore, with Love

Tan Pin Pin | 2013 | 70 mins

North American Premiere!

Filmmaker Tan Pin Pin in person for both screenings!

Scattered about the globe, the subjects of this expertly crafted, moving documentary are Singaporean political exiles who fled their country decades ago to escape detention or worse for their beliefs and activism.

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Wednesday, April 23

7:15pm

Thursday, April 24

5:00pm
US 41 + HF + signs

US 41 + HF + signs

James Benning | 2014 | 85 mins

World Premiere!

James Benning in person for Q&A!

These three new short works by Benning—a tribute to Hollis Frampton, a continuation of his interest in text as image, and a comedy of automotive and meteorological errors—are characteristically provocative in their political intonations, conceptual rigor, and reflexive beauty.

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Saturday, April 26

5:30pm

Past Films

Amie Siegel: Recent Works

Amie Siegel: Recent Works

Amie Siegel | 2010-2013 | 60 mins

Filmmaker Amie Siegel in person for Q&A!

Moving between the gallery space and the cinema, Amie Siegel’s work often places genre fiction within documentary methods. Two films will be screened in full: Black Moon (2010) and Winter (2013).

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Sunday, April 20

6:30pm
The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years Without Images

The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years Without Images

Eric Baudelaire | 2011 | 66 mins

Filmmaker Eric Baudelaire in person for Q&A!

Conceptualized while researching the Japanese Red Army during a residency in Japan, Eric Baudelaire’s first feature is a probing and often mesmerizing weave of Super-8 footage, television clips, film excerpts, and archival miscellany.  Screening with The Makes (Eric Baudelaire, 26m).

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Saturday, April 19

4:15pm
Anna

Anna

Alberto Grifi | Massimo Sarchielli | 1972-1975 | 225 mins

Introduction by author Rachel Kushner, whose award-winning book The Flamethrowers is dedicated to the subject of the film.

Shot on ghostly black-and-white video, this astonishing documentary centers on a pregnant, homeless teenager and the filmmakers’ struggle with their obligation toward her as a subject and a fellow human.

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Tuesday, April 22

6:30pm
As Long as There’s Breath

As Long as There’s Breath

Stephanie Spray | 2009 | 57 mins

Filmmaker Stephanie Spray in person for Q&A!

Stephanie Spray’s third video work documenting the lives of a Nepali family named the Gayeks focuses on their daily rituals and conversations in the wake of their son’s departure. Screening with Untitled (Stephanie Spray, 14m). Part of the Focus on the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

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Wednesday, April 16

7:00pm
Bloody Beans

Bloody Beans

Narimane Mari | 2013 | 77 mins

Filmmaker Narimane Mari in person for Q&A at both screenings!

A group of Algerian children frolic on the beach, but their roughhousing soon turns into a kind of reenactment of the Algerian War of Independence that plays out as equal parts Lord of the Flies and Les Carabiniers.

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Saturday, April 12

9:30pm

Sunday, April 13

4:30pm
Castanha

Castanha

Davi Pretto | 2014 | 95 mins

North American Premiere!

Filmmaker Davi Pretto in person for Q&A on April 19!

This chronicle of the daily life of an ailing middle-aged actor who supports himself and his mother by working as a cross-dressing nightclub MC takes haunting and confounding turns that blur the line between his fantasies and reality.

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Saturday, April 19

9:00pm

Wednesday, April 23

5:00pm
Dust Breeding

Dust Breeding

Sarah Vanagt | 2013 | 47 mins

North American Premiere!

Filmmaker Amel El Kamel in person!

The shifting nature of memory, media, testimony, and translation—and how they work to obscure accountability—is explored through the trial of Bosnian Serb politician Radovan Karadžić at the International Criminal Tribunal.  Screening with The Garden on Both River Banks (Amel El Kamel, 20m).

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Sunday, April 20

4:30pm
Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer

Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer

Thom Andersen | 1975 | 56 mins

Filmmaker Thom Andersen in person for Q&A on April 13!

Andersen breathes life into the proto-cinema experiments of Eadweard Muybridge, re-photographing and animating more than 3,000 of his sequential images, in this thoroughgoing investigation into film’s primordial years. Screening with Olivia’s Place (Thom Anderson, 6m) and Hey, Asshole! (Thom Andersen, 6m).

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Sunday, April 13

7:00pm

Tuesday, April 15

5:30pm
Foreign Parts

Foreign Parts

Véréna Paravel & J.P. Sniadecki | 2010 | 80 mins

Targeted by the city for development, a ramshackle collection of auto-body repair shops and other small businesses in Queens staffed by an multicultural cast of characters may soon be a memory. Part of the Focus on the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

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Monday, April 14

5:00pm
Forest of Bliss

Forest of Bliss

Robert Gardner | 1986 | 90 mins

Appearing to occupy the time between two sunrises, the film revolves around three inhabitants of an Indian cremation ground: a healer, a priest, and the hereditary “king” of the cremation ground who sells sacred fire to mourners. Part of the Focus on the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

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Saturday, April 12

4:30pm
Jaguar

Jaguar

Jean Rouch | 1954/1967 | 89 mins

Perhaps the prime example of Rouch’s “ethno-fiction,” a blend of narrative practices and documentary techniques, follows three young men from Niger as they set out on a journey to the Gold Coast in search of adventure and work. Part of the Focus on the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

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Sunday, April 13

9:30pm
Jakub

Jakub

Jana Ševčíková | 1992 | 63 mins

Ševčíková’s portraits of two small Romanian villages—one on the border of Western Bohemia, the other made up of Russian emigrants of a minority faith—are testaments to the endurance of communities. Screening with Old Believers (Jana Ševčíková, 46m). Part of the Focus on the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

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Monday, April 14

9:30pm
Libera Me

Libera Me

Alain Cavalier | 1993 | 80 mins

A series of situational tableaux set in a totalitarian dictatorship creates a fable of political occupation and resistance in this undersung film by Cavalier, best known for his French New Wave–era political thrillers.

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Monday, April 21

9:00pm
La Libertad

La Libertad

Lisandro Alonso | 2001 | 73 mins

Alonso’s landmark feature debut, named one of the top 10 films of the past decade in Cinema Scope magazine, follows a day in the solitary and repetitive life of a young woodcutter in the Argentinean pampas. Screening with Ah, Liberty! (Ben Rivers, 20m).

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Monday, April 21

7:00pm
Lukas the Strange

Lukas the Strange

John Torres | 2013 | 85 mins

U.S. Premiere!

Torres’s latest documentary-fiction hybrid starts with the disruptive arrival of a film crew in the titular character’s tiny, usually quiet village and leads to a hallucinatory journey of self-discovery.

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Friday, April 18

5:00pm

Sunday, April 20

8:30pm
Manakamana

Manakamana

Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez | 2013 | 118 mins

Filmmakers Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez in person for Q&A moderated by Lucien Castaing-Taylor!

Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’s (literally) transporting film—shot inside a cable car that carries pilgrims and tourists to and from a mountaintop temple in Nepal—is simple in conception yet endlessly suggestive. Part of the Focus on the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

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Saturday, April 12

1:30pm
Mother Dao, the Turtlelike

Mother Dao, the Turtlelike

Vincent Monnikendam | 1995 | 90 mins

This compilation of footage shot by Dutch cameramen between 1912 and 1932 in their former colony of Indonesia contrasts the lives of wealthy colonial rulers with the hopeless situation of the exploited native people. Part of the Focus on the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

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Tuesday, April 15

9:30pm
Plot Point Trilogy

Plot Point Trilogy

Nicolas Provost | 2007-2012 | 60 mins

Filmmaker Nicolas Provost in person for Q&A!

In three short videos created over six years, Provost films iconic public spaces with a hidden camera, weaving the footage into dramatic arcs using narrative editing devices and drawing the cinematic out of the everyday. Screening with Pittsburgh 1968/69 (Ted Kennedy, 6m).

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Wednesday, April 23

9:15pm
Red Hollywood

Red Hollywood

Thom Andersen & Noël Burch | 1996 | 120 mins

Filmmaker Thom Andersen in person on April 12 for Q&A moderated by J. Hoberman!

This revelatory, extensively researched documentary offers a unique perspective on Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1950s, when “Red” filmmakers worked within the studio system to challenge issues of class, war, race, and gender.

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Saturday, April 12

6:30pm

Sunday, April 13

2:00pm
The Second Game

The Second Game

Corneliu Porumboiu | 2014 | 97 mins

Opening Night! North American Premiere!

Filmmaker Corneliu Porumboiu in person on April 11!

Porumboiu and his referee father revisit a snowy soccer match from 1988, one year before the fall of Ceaușescu, their real-time commentary exploring the slippery middle ground where the personal meets the historical.

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Friday, April 11

9:15pm

Monday, April 14

7:00pm
The Silent Majority Speaks

The Silent Majority Speaks

Bani Khoshnoudi | 2010 | 94 mins

North American Premiere!

Filmmaker Bani Khoshnoudi in person for Q&A!

Clandestinely made, this film mixes of-the-moment footage of the rise of Iran’s Green Movement with glimpses of revolutions long since suppressed and snippets of narration that recall a century of turbulence.

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Thursday, April 17

9:15pm
Suitcase of Love and Shame

Suitcase of Love and Shame

Jane Gillooly | 2013 | 70 mins

Filmmakers Jane Gillooly and Gustavo Beck in person for Q&A on April 15!

Constructed from 60 hours of audiotape discovered in a suitcase purchased on eBay, this film reveals the intimate details of an affair between a Midwestern woman and her lover, who used a reel-to-reel tape recorder to document their romance.  Screening with O Arquipélago.

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Tuesday, April 15

7:00pm

Wednesday, April 16

4:00pm
Sweetgrass

Sweetgrass

Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor | 2009 | 105 mins

Filmmaker Ilisa Barbash in person for Q&A!

This breathtaking chronicle follows an ever-surprising group of modern-day cowboys as they lead an enormous herd of sheep up and then down the slopes of the Beartooth Mountains in Montana on their way to market. Part of the Focus on the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

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Thursday, April 17

6:30pm
Swiss Mountain Transport Systems, Radio Version (5.1 mix)

Swiss Mountain Transport Systems, Radio Version (5.1 mix)

Ernst Karel | 2011 | 55 mins

Filmmaker Ernst Karel in person for Q&A!

A kind of music emerges from the mechanical drones, intermittent percussiveness, and transient acoustic glimpses of a vast surrounding landscape captured by location recordings of a variety of alpine people movers. Screening with other sound work. Part of the Focus on the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

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Wednesday, April 16

9:15pm
A Thousand Suns

A Thousand Suns

Mati Diop | 2013 | 45 mins

Filmmaker Mati Diop in person for Q&A on April 18!

Diop’s portrait of Magaye Niang, the nonprofessional actor who played the lead in the African film classic Touki Bouki, is paired with her award-winning short about a young boy's tragic voyage in Senegal. Screening with Atlantiques (Mati Diop, 15m).

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Friday, April 18

7:00pm

Sunday, April 20

2:30pm
Time Goes by Like a Roaring Lion

Time Goes by Like a Roaring Lion

Philipp Hartmann | 2013 | 79 mins

U.S. Premiere!

Filmmaker Philipp Hartmann and Director of Photography Helena Wittmann in person for Q&A at both screenings!

In his affecting yet surprisingly light essay film about temporality, mortality, and cinema’s capacity to represent both, Hartmann takes captivating detours to consider Alzheimer’s, an atomic clock, and the world’s largest salt desert.

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Friday, April 18

9:00pm

Saturday, April 19

2:00pm
The Ugly One

The Ugly One

Eric Baudelaire | 2013 | 101 mins

North American Premiere!

Filmmaker Eric Baudelaire in person for Q&A!

Voiceover meditations on memory and militancy by Japanese filmmaker Masao Adachi counterpoint a story of two people whose interactions reveal a traumatic shared past marked by an act of terrorism and the loss of a loved one.

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Saturday, April 19

6:30pm
La última película

La última película

Raya Martin | Mark Peranson | 2013 | 88 mins

Opening Night!

Filmmakers Mark Peranson and Raya Martin and actor Alex Ross Perry in person!

In this tribute to and critique of Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie, a grandiose filmmaker (Alex Ross Perry) scouts locations for a production that will involve exposing the last extant celluloid film stock on the eve of the Mayan Apocalypse.

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Friday, April 11

6:30pm
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