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The Artist (first feature)

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The Artist (l' artista)

The Artist (l' artista)

original title:

L' ARTISTA

screenplay:

cinematography:

editing:

Santiago Ricco

set design:

Lorena Llaneza

costume design:

Lorena Llaneza

producer:

Tore Sansonetti, Gianluigi Gardani, Fernando Sokolowicz, León Ferrari, Eduardo Costantini, Aníbal Jozami

production:

Barter, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, supported by MiBACT, Costa Film (Buenos Aires), Aleph Media (Buenos Aires), Leòn Ferrari

country:

Italy/Argentina

year:

2008

film run:

95'

format:

35mm - colour

release date:

02/10/2009

festival & awards:

Jorge works as a nurse at a retirement home. His monotonous life takes an unexpected turn when he discovers that one of his patients is a talented painter and he is mesmorised by his artworks. He passes them off as his own, circulating them on the contemporary art scene, becoming a celebrity in the process. He is rapidly introduced into the contemporary art scene and is forced to deal with curators, critics, collectors, and admirers. He pulls off a series of shows, earns money, and popular acclaim. As his career as an artist evolves, so does his problems and contradictions. The film explores the paradoxes of the contemporary art circuit, its characters, and the difficulties of conceptually defining art.