Dedicated to the Bazinian notion of spatiality and cinematic realness, the 4th edition of the "Art of the Real" festival showcases works from seminal voices in non-fiction and docu-fiction filmmaking. This form of cinema is important now more than ever— the real becomes formalized and emphasized via the power of the filmic medium, forcing us to acknowledge it as frightening, absurd, beautiful: as we cannot take our eyes off of it.
New films from Ignacio Agüero, Jem Cohen, and Michael Glawogger screen alongside works from fresh faces like Shengze Zhu (Another Year), Theo Anthony (Rat Film) and Salomé Jashi (The Dazzling Light of Sunset). Laura Poitras returns to the knotty territory of political truth-telling and international espionage with her years-in-the-making portrait of controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Risk— making its North American premiere.
The festival will honor late Brazilian filmmaker Andrea Tonacci by screening his politically subversive and absurdist shorts Blah Blah Blah + Bang Bang and the semi-fictionalized retelling of an indigenous man surviving the 1978 massacre of his tribe in Brazil, Hills of Disorder.
The "Art of the Real" Festival runs April 20th to May 2nd at Lincoln Center.