STEALING RODIN

Chile, France 2018, 80 min.

Directed by Cristóbal Valenzuela (Debut)

One morning of June 2005, guards of the Chilean National Fine Arts Museum noted that the Auguste Rodin’s sculpture, worth millions, had been stolen. It was the biggest art robbery in the Chilean history. 24 hours later, a shy young art student returned the piece arguing that he had stolen it as part of an artistic project. A documentary that deepens into the issues of contemporary art and the artist’s dilemmas.

A cold morning in June 2005, the guards of the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts discovered that the sculpture of Rodin, had been subtracted from the main exhibition. Surprisingly, the piece or art was returned the next day by a young man who claimed that he found it stranded near the museum. After several interrogations, Luis Onfray (21), the young man who was studying art, surprised again the authorities acknowledging that it was him, the one who had subtracted the sculpture. He was accused of irretrievably damaging the image of the country in an action that was described as a teenage blunder. The turning of the case continued when his defense attorney indicated that the robbery was not a crime but an performance of art by which Onfray was trying to prove that “the work of art would be more present by not being there”. This was the inflection point for a case that confronted lawyers, artists, theorists and institutions about the state of contemporary art.

Festivals:

  • Yamagata Documentary Film Festival, Japan 2017
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Film festival, Greece 2018

Awards:

  • Best Latin American Documentary
  • È Tudo Verdade/ It’s All True, Sao Paulo, Brazil 2018
  • Best Documentary
  • Louisiana Film Festival, USA 2018

Euro Cinema 06.04, 16:15
Cine Grand Park Center 07.04, 19:30
Odeon 12.04, 18:30
Lumiere Lidl 14.04, 15:15
Cinema House 16.04, 19:30
Lucky Cinema home 14.04, 17:00
Contemporary Space – Varna 12.04, 20:30
FCC – Varna 14.04, 18:30

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