Along with political advocacy pieces, cinema verité immersions and historical investigations, portraiture is now a dominant strain in documentary filmmaking. Here are eight vastly different approaches to the form of the cinematic portrait.
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Director Nancy Buirski in person!
A radiant film about Tanaquil Le Clercq—wife of and muse to George Balanchine—who was struck down by polio at the peak of her career, and a vivid portrayal of a world and a time gone by.
Directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren in person at both screenings!
Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren’s portrait of the motor-mouthed, completely uncorked John Wojtowicz, whose 1972 botched robbery of a Brooklyn bank was dramatized in Dog Day Afternoon is hilarious, hair-raising, and giddily profane.
Director Mitra Farahani and producer Marjaneh Moghimi in person!
Shot throughout the final months in the life of the jubilant, egotistical and irascible Iranian painter Bahman Mohasses, Mitra Farhani’s film is at once a cinematic fresco of Mohasses’ life and a celebration of freedom. Screening with: 23rd August 2008 (Laura Mulvey, Faysal Abdullah, Mark Lewis, 22m).
Director Nadav Schirman in person on September 28!
A quietly riveting film about Magdalena Kopp, the co-revolutionary, lover, and then wife of the international terrorist Carlos, and a fascinating non-fiction companion piece to Olivier Assayas’ Carlos.
Directors Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez in person!
The new film from Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab, shot inside a cable car that carries pilgrims and tourists to and from a mountaintop temple in Nepal, is both literally and figuratively transporting.
Director Joaquim Pinto and producer Joana Ferreira in person!
Joaquim Pinto’s self-portrait is a testament to the joys of a fully lived life and a revivifying love of cinema in the face of a chronic and debilitating illness.
A startling hybrid documentary that follows the progress of forensic anthropologists as they determine the identity of a body found along the Arizona border, and charts a parallel course with Gael Garcia Bernal as a migrant making his way to the US border.