The wall mural of a rat sporting a beret by renowned street artist Banksy becomes a proverbial hot potato in the international art world in this engaging documentary that debates questions of ownership, authorship, and authenticity with regard to ostensibly anonymous street art, as collectors representing opposing motives of greed and altruism fight it out. San Francisco street-art champion Brian Greif saves the iconic rat from demolition and attempts unsuccessfully to donate the piece to a major art museum. Even as he subsequently deflects purchase offers in the six figures, enterprising gallery owners and collectors around the world are seen scoring other Banksy pieces by hook or by crook, creating a million-dollar market in the purloined work at showcases including Art Basel Miami. DCP digital. (BS)
2015, Colin M. Day, USA, 80 min.
"Lively, involving." — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Colin Day’s fascinating documentary SAVING BANKSY rightly honors that renowned pseudonymous street artist." — Andy Webster, The New York Times
FEBRUARY 8: The 6:15 pm screening on Wednesday, February 8, is a Movie Club event, facilitated by psychotherapist and Art Institute of Chicago adjunct lecturer Tamara Faulkner.
2015, Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, 93 min. With María Mercedes Coroy, María Telon.
"A transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature." — Scott Foundas, Variety
"A vividly observed debut feature...Bustamante dramatizes his characters and their indigenous way of life with a powerful, almost feverish sense of immersion." — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
Guatemala's second-ever Oscar submission is a powerfully visualized narrative enriched by feminist themes and ethnographic detail. Set in an indigenous Mayan community of coffee-farmers living in the shadow of an active volcano, the story centers on María, a restless 17-year-old indigenous girl whose parents have arranged an advantageous marriage to the plantation overseer. She prefers a young worker whom she hopes will take her to the United States "on the other side of the volcano," but an unplanned pregnancy traps her between indigenous beliefs and the deceptions of the modern world. In Kaqchikel and Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)
JANUARY 11: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Camille Roussel, Ph.D. student in Human Development at the University of Chicago, whose scholarship focuses on gender and women's health issues among the K'ekchi' Maya in Guatemala.