Detroit Film Theatre
CHRISTO IN PARIS/RUNNING FENCE
Sunday, October 21, 2007
810 Detroit Film Theatre
Winner of the Cinematography Award at Sundance and the Grand Prize Winner of the Amsterdam Film Festival, The Maysles Brothers’ 1986 Christo in Paris explores the artist Christo’s early years as a struggling artist, his romance with Jean-Claude, and the fulfillment of his ten-year obsession: the wrapping of the Pont-Neuf in Paris.
PLUS: Running Fence (1978), a fascinating record of Christo and Jean-Claude’s efforts to build a 24 mile, 18-foot-high fence of white fabric across the hills of northern California. The artists’ struggles with local ranchers, environmentalists and state bureaucrats culminates in the spectacular unfurling of the completed fence – an event which, almost miraculously, reunites the divided community in a surprising, spontaneous celebration of beauty. (2 hours total) NOTE: after a short break, The Detroit Docs International Film Festival will be presenting awards for Best of the Festival - Feature, Best of the Festival - Short, Best Michigan Film, Best Student Film, Most Innovative Doc, and Doc Most Likely to Change the World. This awards ceremony will be immediately followed by a program of selected award-winning films from the 2007 festival.
“Gorgeous and provocative. The Maysles accomplishment here is formidable.” -Nathan Rubin, The Onion A.V. Club