Screening presented by CINECITY as part of Brighton Festival 2019.
Narrated by Mathieu Amalric, Director Julien Faraut’s experimental film documents tennis legend John McEnroe’s performance at the 1984 French Open, when he was no.1 in the world. A sports documentary unlike any other, this is a beguiling and delightful film essay culled from hours of beautiful 16mm footage shot by Gil de Kermadec, the former technical director of the French Tennis Federation. It examines the player’s relationship to the camera, which McEnroe treats as an additional opponent and supporting actor in his own personal psychodrama. A fascinating treatise on film, spectatorship and the meaning of perfection.
In 1986, one of the most famous crimes against art was committed when a man attacked a Barnett Newman painting in Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum with a box cutter; the large abstract canvas entitled Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III was slashed in an act of anti-modernist vandalism. The American conservator Daniel Goldreyer was hired to restore the painting but when the canvas was returned to the gallery, it had been plastered over with red paint and a roller, finally destroying the work of art. Screening presented by CINECITY as part of Brighton Festival 2019
Artist and film-maker Barbara Visser calls into question the value of art, cultural gatekeeping and notions of appropriation and authorship with her playful and innovative investigation into what makes art art.