Jaar: Lament of the Images

Paula Rodríguez Sickert
Chile | 2017 | 77 min

Premiere screening on 20 August at Rialto Amsterdam. In selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas in September 2018.

“I want to communicate to people about certain things that are happening around us, around the world, close or far. In order to transform this information into art you have to add poetry. It's essential.” Alfredo Jaar

JAAR, LAMENT OF THE IMAGES is the first documentary dedicated to the influential contemporary artist Alfredo Jaar. 

Jaar’s works deliver important political messages and reflect urgent current issues, such as immigration at the US-Mexico border, the genocide in Rwanda, and the coup in Chile, Jaar’s native country and where his career started.

Directed by the award-winning filmmaker Paula Rodríguez Sickert, the documentary is a journey through his work, revealing his ideas and sources of inspiration through interviews and through his most discussed exhibitions and installations worldwide.

The soundtrack of the film is composed by one of the most trailblazing contemporary electronic music producer Nicolas Jaar, Alfredo’s own son.

Trailer

Gold in the morning.jpg

Press quotes

“Art as an act of resistance. Art as a last bastion of freedom in a society that has become immune to images.” – Dokfest

“Impressive.” – Screen Anarchy

 

  Mapplethorpe - Look at the Pictures     “It forces viewers to take long looks at his most controversial imagery, proving that he still has the power to provoke, seduce and enrage.”  The Guardian       Read more

Mapplethorpe - Look at the Pictures

“It forces viewers to take long looks at his most controversial imagery, proving that he still has the power to provoke, seduce and enrage.”  The Guardian
 

Read more

  Don't Blink - Robert Frank     “Rather than being a film about an artist, it’s an attempt to show us what it’s like to actually be an artist.” – LA Times       Read more

Don't Blink - Robert Frank

“Rather than being a film about an artist, it’s an attempt to show us what it’s like to actually be an artist.” – LA Times
 

Read more

  David Lynch - The Art Life   “This cockeyed, oblique attempt to get closer to the worldview of David Lynch — one of American cinema’s finest oddities — is a compelling slice of cinephile inquiry.” – RogerEbert.com     Read more

David Lynch - The Art Life

“This cockeyed, oblique attempt to get closer to the worldview of David Lynch — one of American cinema’s finest oddities — is a compelling slice of cinephile inquiry.” – RogerEbert.com

Read more

  Spettacolo     “A quietly ruminative view of how art and tradition are so often intertwined, and how the rapidly changing modern world affects these two cultural artifacts.” Film Stage      Read more

Spettacolo

“A quietly ruminative view of how art and tradition are so often intertwined, and how the rapidly changing modern world affects these two cultural artifacts.” Film Stage

Read more

  The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger     “An essential document of an exemplary intellect, one who has as much to impart to the 21st century as he did to the 20th.” – NY Times     Read more

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger

“An essential document of an exemplary intellect, one who has as much to impart to the 21st century as he did to the 20th.” – NY Times

Read more

  The Space in Between - Marina Abramovic and Brazil   “A fascinating journey with one of the most unpredictable and fascinating artists of our times.” – BFI London      Read more     

The Space in Between - Marina Abramovic and Brazil

“A fascinating journey with one of the most unpredictable and fascinating artists of our times.” – BFI London

Read more