IFI & JDIFF COLLABORATION: WILLIAM KLEIN
FEBRUARY 14TH – 20TH
William Klein’s career has spanned over 60 years. After studying painting with Léger in post-war Paris, he was spotted by American Vogue and returned to his birthplace, New York, where he established himself as an influential fashion photographer and street documentarian. He remains one of the giants of 20th-century photography.
Klein attributes the opportunity to begin making films to his association with people like Chris Marker and Alain Resnais. Since the 1960s he has made many feature films, documentaries and commercials. Imaginative, influential, anarchic and controversial, his subjects cover areas as diverse as Algerian folklore, Eldridge Cleaver, Muhammad Ali, Little Richard, Hollywood, the French Open and the French fashion world. Through his use of critique and satire he creates an audacious mode that infuses his fictional films with an expressionistic and unorthodox style of parody and social burlesque.
James ArmstrongLecturer in Visual Culture, NCAD
FEBRUARY 18TH & 19TH
The Arts Council’s Reel Art scheme is designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries. In association with Filmbase, the festival is delighted to present the world premieres of the latest two films made under this influential programme.
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