Documentary by Laura Poitras All the beauty and the bloodshed about photographer Nan Goldin and the downfall of the Sackler family pharmaceutical dynasty, will be the focus of selection at the 60th New York Film Festival on October 7 at Alice Tully Hall.
The NYFF runs from September 30th to October 16th.
Additionally, Goldin will design the festival’s 60th poster, which will be revealed at a later date.
before NYFF, All the beauty and the bloodshed celebrates its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
In the documentary by Participant, Poitras portrays how Goldin took on the Sacklers and blamed them for the deadly opioid epidemic, their crusade after their own battle with opioid addiction. She rose from New York’s “No Wave” underground to become one of the great photographers of the late 20th century. Goldin placed herself at the forefront of the fight against the Sacklers, both as an activist at arts institutions that accepted millions of family members, and as an advocate for destigmatizing drug addiction. Goldin narrates the documentary, which also focuses on her dysfunctional suburban upbringing, the loss of her teenage sister, and her community’s battle with AIDS in the 1980s.
“I’m very excited to be attending the New York Film Festival with Nan,” said Poitras. “Her art and activism are deeply rooted in this city. It is an honor to return to the festival and to do so with Nan is so meaningful.”
“As soon as we saw Laura Poitras’ piercing new film, we knew Nan Goldin was the right artist to design the official New York Film Festival 60th Anniversary poster,” said Eugene Hernandez, executive director of the New York Film Festival. “Nan’s unwavering courage in life and work has made her one of the most compelling visual artists of our time. By designing this year’s poster, she joins a renowned list of artists who have contributed to the festival, beginning in 1963 with Larry Rivers and ending with last year’s poster artist Kara Walker.”
“One fearless and sensitive gaze meets the other in this remarkable portrait of Nan Goldin by Laura Poitras,” said Dennis Lim, Artistic Director of the New York Film Festival. “We are delighted to welcome Poitras back to the festival All the beauty and the bloodsheda compelling account of Goldin’s work and activism that shows us how important both are.”
The NYFF Main Slate Selection Committee, chaired by Lim, also includes Hernandez, Florence Almozini, K. Austin Collins and Rachel Rosen.