{DOUBLE BILL} The Work & Dealt on 14/03/2019

 American Film Showcase 

Exile Room, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Athens, once again welcomes to Greece the American Film Showcase, a multifaceted exploration of American documentary and a unique partnership with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts

 The Work (2017) 

Thursday 14/03 at 20:00 @ Exile Room

Directors: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous | Country: USA, UK, France, South Korea | Duration: 89’

In this soul-bearing documentary, a mix of prisoners and outsiders undergo a voluntary group therapy session at Folsom State Prison dubbed “The Work”. There’s very little in the way of preparation before the film barrels over the audience with incredible outbursts of rage, mostly emitting from under a pile of tattooed bodies, where the person doing the wailing is usually buried. But first, there’s probably a few things you need to know: this is in fact a legit 4-day retreat, where inmates and guests from the outside world work through unresolved issues and exorcise suppressed rage, guilt and pain. It’s a real revelation witnessing the willingness of these hard-boiled lifers to help others, while keeping their own guard down the entire time. (more)

Watch the trailer here

 Dealt (2017) 

Thursday 14/03 at 22:00 @ Exile Room

Director: Luke Korem | Country: USA | Duration: 85’

62-year-old Richard Turner is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, leaving audiences practically speechless with his sleight of hand. But what people don’t know is that he is completely blind, which makes his tricks even more impressive. Director Luke Korem traces his journey from his troubled childhood to the present day, as he relentlessly pursues perfection while still refusing to accept his disability. Fueled by frustration at a young age, Turner engaged in acts of self-destruction –karate, motorcycling, mountain climbing– to prove the label handicapped didn’t apply to him. “Dealt” is a rare glimpse into the deceptive world of contemporary magic, which holds up a mirror to Turner’s troubled psyche. Could his biggest weakness also be his greatest strength? (more)

Watch the trailer here


Leave a Reply