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Exit Through the Gift Shop

7.6
13,534
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Original title
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Year
Running time
87 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Music
Geoff Barrow
Cast
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Producer
Co-production United Kingdom-United States; Paranoid Pictures
Genre
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)
Awards
2010: Oscar: Nominated for Best Documentary Feature
2010: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection
2010: Independent Spirit Awards: Documentary
2010: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Runner Up for Best Documentary
2010: Nominated for BAFTA Awards: Outstanding Debut by a British Author
2010: Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Documentary Feature
2010: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Documentary. 2 Nominations
2010: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nominated for Best Documentary
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