Seven nights. Sixteen Los Angeles premieres
Co-presented by Acropolis Cinema, UCLA Film & Television Archive, and Film Society of Lincoln Center
Founded in 2014 to explore “the most expansive possible view of documentary film,” Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual Art of the Real series has sustained its singular legacy as the premiere North American showcase for international non-fiction and hybrid works. Since its inaugural edition, curators Dennis Lim and Rachael Rakes have shed light onto otherwise overlooked, boundary-pushing films that blend traditional conceptions of reality with formalistic and avant-garde processes for category-defying results. Observational documentaries and their familiar form always have their place, here alongside essayistic, lyrical tone poems and phenomenological, personal history lessons. Along with UCLA Film & Television Archive, Acropolis Cinema is proud to offer a West Coast home to a curated selection of these spectacular works from the past five years of Art of the Real, all of which are premiering in Los Angeles for the very first time. Screenings will start at the Archive’s home at the Billy Wilder Theater, and will continue at the Downtown Independent into the week. Curated by Jordan Cronk, Paul Malcolm, KJ Relth. and Robert Koehler.
Special thanks to Dennis Lim, Rachael Rakes, and Film Society of Lincoln Center
Monday, January 14: 8:00pm
OPTIMISM (Deborah Stratman, US, 2018, 15 min.)
A multilayered portrait of the residents of Dawson City, Yukon Territory, who live in perpetual winter and hibernal darkness.
WHAT MEANS SOMETHING (Ben Rivers, UK, 2016, 67 min.)
Ben Rivers’s latest exploration of solitude is an intimate, real-time portrait of the painter Rose Wylie at work in her home studio in the English countryside, and a film that truly illuminates a singular creative process.
LE PARADIS (Alain Cavalier, France, 2014, 70 min.)
Voted one of the 10 best films of 2014 by Cahiers du Cinéma, this series of domestic sketches, shot by the 83-year-old Alain Cavalier (Thérèse, Le Combat dans l’île) in his own home, is a subtle, serene, and deeply touching meditation on how it feels to approach life’s end.