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Saving Banksy

2015, Colin M. Day, USA, 80 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 3rd 8:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 4th 2:30pm
  • Sun, Feb 5th 12:30pm
  • Sun, Feb 5th 4:00pm
  • Mon, Feb 6th 6:15pm
  • Mon, Feb 6th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 7th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Feb 8th 6:15pm
  • Thu, Feb 9th 6:15pm
  • Thu, Feb 9th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

"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

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)

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.

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