The new documentary by legendary director Frederick Wiseman, shot with cameras from Aimimage, is receiving its world-wide premiere in competition at the 74th Venice Film Festival.
Ex Libris: New York Public Library promises to explore the library system with the same care and precision that Wiseman has brought to his previous examinations of institutions
The official synopsis describes the New York Public Library as “blessed with uniformly passionate staff and deeply devoted, appreciative bibliophiles and beneficiaries across its 92 branches. The film reveals a venerable place of welcome, cultural exchange, and intellectual creativity.”
Here’s the trailer:
Ex Libris is competing in Venice against new films from the likes of George Clooney (Suburbicon), Darren Aronofksy (mother!), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Alexander Payne (Downsizing), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Paul Schrader (First Reformed) and Andrew Haigh (Lean On Pete).
In 2014, at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, Wiseman was awarded the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2016 he received an Honorary Oscar.
Ex Libris will premiere in the US at New York’s Film Forum on the 13th September, followed by a theatrical roll-out in America, details of which can be found on Zipporah Films’ website.
It will premiere in the UK at the upcoming BFI London Film Festival as part of the Documentary Competition, as well as screening at Toronto International Film Festival.
Aimimage is proud to have also supplied equipment for Wiseman previous films National Gallery, At Berkeley, Crazy Horse and In Jackson Heights.
The latter was recently included on The New York Times’ list of the 25 best films of the 21st Century, with critics Manohla Dargis and AO Scott describing him as “one of the greatest documentary filmmakers working today.”