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August 9, 2007

PRESENT: A CRIME AGAINST ART

UNITEDNATIONSPLAZASTUDIOS PRESENT: A CRIME AGAINST ART 
 

unitednationsplazastudios and Kasseler Kunstverein are pleased to present the world premier of A Crime Against Art, a new film directed by Hila Peleg. The screening will take place on Friday, August 17th, 2007 at 8pm and will be followed by a discussion with Anselm Franke, Hila Peleg and Anton Vidokle.

A Crime Against Art

directed by Hila Peleg

cinematography: Eric Menard/ Michael Balagué

based on the Madrid Trial, by Anton Vidokle and Tirdad Zolghadr

produced by unitednationsplazastudios

Starring:
Jan Verwoert as the Judge
Anton Vidokle & Tirdad Zolghadr as the Accused
Chus Martinez & Vasif Kortun as the Prosecution
Charles Esche as the Defense
Maria Lind as the Expert
Setareh Shahbazi as the Artist
Anselm Franke as the Witness
Keti Chukhrov as a Member of the Public

A Crime Against Art is a film in six chapters based on the trial staged at an art fair in Madrid in February 2007. The trial, inspired by the mock trials organized by Andre Breton in the 1920′s and 30′s, playfully raised a number of polemical issues in the world of contemporary art: collusion with the ‘new bourgeoisie’, instrumentalization of art and its institutions, the future possibility of artistic agency and other pertinent topics. The trial begins with the assumption that a crime has been committed, yet its nature and evidence are allusive and no victims have come forward. The testimonies and cross-examinations become an attempt by the Judge (Jan Verwoert) to unravel the nature of the mysterious “crime against art.” Set as a television courtroom drama and filmed by four camera crews, the six-chapter serial presents a condensed two-and-a-half hour version of the trial.

Kasseler Kunstverein e.V.
Obere Karlsstrasse 14
34117 Kassel
Telefon + 49 [0561] 77 11 69
Fax + 49 [0561] 77 94 21
info@kasselerkunstverein.de
www.kasselerkunstverein.de
A Crime Against Art is distributed by bdv
bdv (Bureau des Videos)
7/9 Rue Gabriel Laumain
75010 Paris, France
Tel. +33 1 48 24 97 28
Fax +33 1 48 24 97 29
info@bureaudesvideos.com

www.bureaudesvideos.com

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