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By Banksy

The Screen of the Arts in collaboration with Fondazione Sistema Toscana Mediateca, Pier Francesco Aiello for P.F.A. FILMS and Feltrinelli Real Cinema and thanks to the support of GOLD and OPINION CIATTI, presents the film: Exit Through the Gift Shop by BANKSY

[tab title=”INFORMATIONS”]Thursday, May 12, 2011
9 p.m. (Second show at 11 p.m.)
Odeon Firenze, piazza Strozzi

The italian premiere of the film Exit Through the Gift Shop, by Banksy,  the most mysterious street artist  in the world.

Banksy is world-famous, but nobody knows his real identity. All that’s known is that he was born ca. 35 years ago in Bristol, that he creates his art through guerrilla-style assaults on symbolic locations in cities throughout the world, and that his work, despite his highly critical take on the art world, is desperately sought-after by collectors, including the stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

With this premiere at the Odeon Cinema in Florence, The Screen of the Arts continues to present films in which the themes of cinema and art converge, as happened in 2010, with Iranian artist Shirin Neshat’s intense film Women Without Men, and, later, with British director Duncan Ward’s corrosive Boogie Woogie.011.

Exit Through the Gift Shop is distributed in Italy by P.F.A. Films, and soon to be available on home video in Feltrinelli’s Real Cinema series, the film garnered extraordinary acclaim at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival, and has been nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar, 2011.

Original sound  with Italian subtitles

[tab title=”CREDITS”]Exit Through the Gift Shop

  • A Banksy Film
  • Produced by JAIMIE D’CRUZ
  • Narrated by RHYS IFANS
  • Executive Producers HOLLY CUSHING & JAMES GAY-REES
  • Sound JIM CAREY
  • Music Supervision & Original Score GEOFF BARROW
  • Original Music Composed & performed by RONI SIZE
  • Online Editor ADAM EDDY
  • Colourist ADAM GLASMAN
  • Additional Filming AIKO NAKAGAWA
  • Dubbing Mixer ALAN SALLABANK
  • Supervising Sound Editor JACK GILLIES

Life Remote Control
Directed and Edited by THIERRY GUETTA
Featuring (in order of appearance)

  • ZEUS
  • BORF


[tab title=”SYNOPSIS”]This is the inside story of Street Art – a brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide. Exit Through the Gift Shop follows an eccentric shop-keeper turned amateur film-maker as he attempts to capture many of the world’s most infamous vandals on camera, only to have a British stencil artist named Banksy turn the camcorder back on its owner with wildly unexpected results.

Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the Palestinian segregation wall in the West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film.

Exit Through the Gift Shop is one of the most provocative films about art ever made, Exit Through the Gift Shop is a fascinating study of low-level criminality, comradeship and incompetence. By turns shocking, hilarious and absurd, this is an enthralling modern-day fairytale… with bolt cutters.
The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview.
The world’s first street art disaster movie.

Quote by Banksy “It’s the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed”.

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[tab title=”BANKSY”]Banksy is the pseudonym used by a street artist who, despite being vastly popular and highly sought-after by collectors, insists on strict anonymity. He’s English, and grew up amid the Bristol music scene of the 80s.

His first appearances as a street artist began around 2000, and were immediately characterized by the use of stencils, outlines on walls, on which he splashed colors. The protagonists of his pieces are children, soldiers, policemen and animals–especially monkeys and mice–which became a sort of trademark. His messages are ironic, desecrating: against consumerism, show-biz society, the authorities who consider street artists outlaws.

His first artistic acclaim came in 2006, when Cristina Aguilera bought one of his pieces for 25,000 pounds. His works soon commanded even higher prices: Bombing Middle England was sold for 100,000 pounds.

Today, his every action, whether in museums, on internationally famous shopping streets or amusement spots half the world over, becomes news, eagerly picked up by the media, and his popularity among art collectors keeps growing.