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There are no passes this year, so if you want to see a film at the venue just head to Landmark Cinemas and purchase an individual ticket, or buy a $5 or $10 ticket online in advance at landmarkcinemas.com, simple as that.
Asking for recommendations from the fest and also sniffing the edges for my own, I watched three of the festival’s films to review to help you get started.
Banksy Most Wanted — 3:30 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Sunday; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
Directed by Aurélia Rouvier and Seamus Haley — 90 mins
A fitting follow-up to the Banksy-friendly Exit Through the Gift Shop from a decade back, this film follows the seemingly impossible fact that, even in our creeping surveillance society, we still don’t know the true identity of the most famous living visual artist currently going — the artist and his team having twice as many followers on social media as the Louvre.
Opening with Banksy’s absolutely amazing hack of one of his famous pieces self-destructing in the Sotheby’s auction room seconds after being sold for millions, the film rewinds the clock to his initial work popping up all over Bristol in the ’90s, all the way up to his satirical horror theme park Dismaland, taking aim at our steady, seemingly unstoppable slide into dystopia.
But the core of the film amid the sorts of opportunistic art merchants who helped destroy Basquiat is three separate journalists and a forensic investigator fairly sure they’ve cracked Banksy’s true identity. Trouble is, it’s three different suspects — including a couple fairly world famous musicians who seem to be around at the same time and place as the work popping up over the years. But as one curator wisely notes of the artistic voice from nowhere, “Everybody wins with him not being known.” Just a beautiful doc, at times even critical of the art suffering under the artist’s (somewhat ironic) personal fame.