All the Beauty and the Bloodshed by Laura Poitras has been chosen as the 60th New York Film Festival’s Centerpiece selection. The opioid epidemic documentary will be shown on October 7 at Alice Tully Hall.
In her battle to hold the Sackler family, the pharmaceutical dynasty, accountable for the spread of opioids and the addiction that followed in their wake, Goldin took on the family personally. All the Beauty and the Bloodshed examines two interconnected stories, recounting both the life and career of the artist Nan Goldin and the fall of the Sackler family.
After going through her own personal opioid issue, Goldin became an activist at art institutions all over the world that had received millions from the Sacklers and a supporter of efforts to decriminalize addiction. Goldin, who also narrates her own story, provides a wealth of images that serve as the film’s visuals.
The event also disclosed that Goldin will create its poster, which will be unveiled later.
Director Poitras expressed her excitement at participating in the New York Film Festival alongside Nan. Her activism and artistic practice have a strong local presence. It is a privilege to attend the festival once more, and doing so with Nan has such significance.
According to Eugene Hernandez, executive director of the New York Film Festival, “As soon as we viewed Laura Poitras’ incisive new film, we knew Nan Goldin was the appropriate artist to design the official poster for the 60th anniversary of the New York Film Festival.” One of the most compelling visual artists of our day, Nan exhibits unwavering fortitude both in her personal and professional life. She joins a distinguished group of artists, starting in 1963 with Larry Rivers and continuing through Kara Walker, the designer of last year’s poster, in creating this year’s poster for the festival.
Dennis Lim, creative director of the New York Film Festival, praised Laura Poitras’ extraordinary picture of Nan Goldin as a portrait of courage and empathy. We are happy to welcome Poitras back to the festival with All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, an engrossing narrative of Goldin’s activism and work that demonstrates how important both are.
The movie is being produced by Participant, who is currently looking for distribution.
The New York Film Festival, presented by Film at Lincoln Center, runs from September 30 to October 16, 2022. The festival has previously revealed that Chinonye Chukwus Till’s global premiere will take place there as well as the opening night showing of Noah Baumbach’s White Noise.
The Venice Film Festival’s schedule for this year included the debut of All the Beauty and the Bloodshed as well. Oscar-winning director Poitras is known for his films My Country, My Country and Citizenfour.