Celebrating its sixth year, the Art of the Real festival offers a survey of the most vital and innovative voices in nonfiction and hybrid filmmaking. This edition promises yet another vibrant slate of brilliant new works by internationally acclaimed filmmakers and impressive, award-winning debuts from around the world, plus a retrospective of Japanese experimental filmmaker Toshio Matsumoto’s nonfiction work and a tribute to the late Lebanese filmmaker Jocelyne Saab.

Organized by Dennis Lim and Rachael Rakes.

Presented with support from MUBI.

Hirofumi Sakamoto, Mathilde Rouxel, Michel Lipkes, Garbiñe Ortega, Julian Ross, John Mhiripiri, Arthouse Hotel New York City; Ancine; Austrian Cultural Forum; Consulate General of Switzerland; Cultural Services of the French Embassy

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Following a bad breakup with his boyfriend at the beginning of 2016, festival programmer Frank Beauvais found himself alone in his midforties, stuck in a small town in Alsace, the region tucked away in the northeastern corner of France, without a car, a job, or prospects for attaining either. He began watching four or five films a day and working on Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream, a compilation of thousands of clips from over four hundred movies with a diary-like voice-over. When it premiered in February as part of the Berlinale’s Forum program, the film generated considerable buzz, and tomorrow, it’ll open the sixth edition of Art of the Real, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s showcase of new work by artists and filmmakers at the forefront of nonfiction and hybrid cinema.

Screen Anarchy:

As an adventurous spectator of cinema who writes about films and is very much interested in where cinema is headed as an art form, I can say that Art of the Real, a film series that showcases innovative, daring, non-narrative films, has been a great wealth of resources and a place of discovery over the years.

Since its inception in 2013, Art of the Real at New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center has been celebrating genre-bending, non-narrative filmmaking. In its sixth year, the series presents new such works by filmmakers from around the world, plus a retrospective featuring Japanese experimental filmmaker Toshio Matstumoto’s non-fiction work and a tribute to the late Lebanese filmmaker Jocelyne Saab. If you are a curious about the possibilities of cinema as an art form, and hungry for something new and thought provoking as well as entertaining, the Art of the Real series is the place to be.