Laura Poitras’ ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’ to play as New York Film Festival Centerpiece Selection

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras’ new documentary “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” will be shown as the Centerpiece Selection at the 60th New York Film Festival. [NYFF photo]

Oscar-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras’ award-winning new documentary “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” will be shown as the Centerpiece Selection at the 60th New York Film Festival.

Presented by Film at Lincoln Center, the New York Film Festival highlights top new titles in world cinema and will take place Sept. 30–Oct. 16.

Poitras’ (“Citizenfour,” “My Country, My Country”) “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” will be shown on Oct. 7 at Alice Tully Hall as part of the festival.

“All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” premiered earlier this month at the 79th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the top prize, the Golden Lion.

Deadline reports that HBO Documentary Films acquired U.S. television and streaming rights to Poitras’ latest film ahead of its North American premiere earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In her urgent new documentary from Participant, Poitras weaves two narratives: the fabled life and career of era-defining artist Nan Goldin and the downfall of the Sackler family, the pharmaceutical dynasty Goldin personally took on in her fight to hold accountable those responsible for the deadly opioid epidemic.

Following her own personal struggle with opioid addiction, Goldin, who rose from the New York “No Wave” underground to become one of the great photographers of the late 20th century, put herself at the forefront of the battle against the Sacklers, both as an activist at art institutions around the world that had accepted millions from the family and as an advocate for the destigmatizing of drug addiction.

Illustrated with a rich trove of photographs by Goldin – who narrates her own story, including her dysfunctional suburban upbringing, the loss of her teenage sister and her community’s fight against AIDS in the 1980s – Poitras’ empowering film connects personal tragedy, political awareness and artistic expression.

“I am thrilled to be part of the New York Film Festival with Nan,” Poitras said in a statement. “Her art and activism are deeply rooted in this city. It is an honor to return to the festival, and to do this with Nan is so meaningful.”

Goldin was tapped to design the 60th New York Film Festival poster, according to a news release.

“Nan’s unflinching bravery in life and in work have made her one of the most arresting visual artists of our time. In designing this year’s poster, she joins a renowned roster of artists who have contributed their work to the festival, beginning in 1963 with Larry Rivers and running up through last year’s poster artist, Kara Walker,” said Eugene Hernandez, executive director of the New York Film Festival, in a statement.

Poitras’ Edward Snowden documentary “Citizenfour” screened as a NYFF52 Main Slate selection on its way to winning the 2015 Academy Award for best documentary feature.

“We are delighted to welcome Poitras back to the festival with ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed,’ an absorbing account of Goldin’s work and activism that shows us how much they both matter,” said Dennis Lim, artistic director of the New York Film Festival, in a statement.

-BAM

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