Art of the Real 2018 Overview

The 5th annual Art of the Real

April 26-May 6

Twenty new features are included in the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual showcase of innovative documentary and hybrid storytelling.


This year’s series opens with the North American premiere of Julien Faraut’s Berlin-debuting sports essay, JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION, and closes with the world premiere of Adam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer’s politically-focused EMPTY METAL.


North American debuts include Adirley Queirós’ ONCE THERE WAS BRASÍLIA, a political Afrofuturist hybrid; Corneliu Porumboiu’s INFINITE FOOTBALL, about a Romanian bureaucrat’s mission to change the rules of soccer; and Luise Donschen’s CASANOVA GENE, a hybrid exploring seduction in various forms.


Features making their US premiere include Gustavo Vinagre’s I REMEMBER THE CROWS, an extended, cinephilic interview with a Japanese-Brazilian trans actress; and Sergei Loznitsa’s VICTORY DAY, about the annual commemoration held in Berlin of the Soviet Army’s victory over the Nazis. Finally, NYC premieres include Martin DiCicco’s ALL THAT PASSES BY THROUGH A WINDOW THAT DOESN’T OPEN, a meditative look at the construction of a Central Asian railway line; and Amar Kanwar’s SUCH A MORNING, a dialogue-free portrait of an academic who lives in a train car.


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