Exit Through the Gift Shop
- Original title
Exit Through the Gift Shop
- Running time
- 87 min.
- United Kingdom
Co-production United Kingdom-United States; Paranoid Pictures
Documentary | Satire. Painting. Mockumentary
- Synopsis / Plot
- The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Billed as 'the world's first street art disaster movie' the film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work.
No director or screenwriters are listed in "Gift Shop's" credits, just the words "A Banksy Film." Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post—hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner – with spectacular results. The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview. As Banksy describes it, "It's basically the story of how one man set out to film the un—filmable. And failed." (Paranoid Pictures)
: Oscar: Nominated for Best Documentary Feature
: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection
: Independent Spirit Awards: Documentary
: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Runner Up for Best Documentary
: Nominated for BAFTA Awards: Outstanding Debut by a British Author
: Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Documentary Feature
2010: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Documentary. 2 Nominations
: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nominated for Best Documentary
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