For this 2017/2018 season, the Tout l’art du cinéma programme of the Institut audiovisuel de Monaco presents Pierre Bismuth’s film, Where is Rocky II ?, 2016.In the first part, a selection of films made by students of the Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Plastiques de la Ville de Monaco from the amateur film collections of the Institut audiovisuel de Monaco will be presented, as part of the ”Amateur Film Reborn” educational workshop 2016-2017
Where Is Rocky II?, 2016
DCP, colour, sound, 93 min (vostfr.)
France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, 2016Directed and written by Pierre Bismuth. Image: David Raedeker. Sound: Brice Picard. Editing: Elise Pascal, Matyas Veress, Thomas Doneux. Music: Hugo Lippens. Production: The Ink Connection, Vandertastic, Frakas Productions, In Between Art Film & Vivo Film. With : Robert Knepper, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Scott, Jim Ganzer, D.V. Devincentis, Anthony Peckham, Mike White, Ed Ruscha
For his first feature film Where is Rocky II? (2016), artist Pierre Bismuth (Oscar winner for Best Screenplay for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) seeks to unravel the mystery of Rocky II, an artificial rock-like work that American artist Ed Ruscha is said to have deposited, hidden from view, in the Mojave Desert in California in the late 1970s. Now, nearly forty years later, the director recruits a private investigator and a trio of screenwriters – D.V. DeVincentis (High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank), Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes, Invictus) and Mike White (School of Rock, Nacho Libre) – to solve a mystery where the art world and the film industry meet. Experimental and inventive, at the crossroads of documentary and Hollywood fiction, this unique artistic investigation is as enigmatic as the mystery it seeks to solve.