‘One of the more satisfying and provocative artist portraits of recent years.’
‘A towering and devastating work of shocking intelligence and still greater emotional power.’
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is an epic, emotional and interconnected story about internationally renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin told through her slideshows, intimate interviews, ground-breaking photography and rare footage of her personal fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for the US opioid crisis.
Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, the film interweaves Goldin’s past and present, the deeply personal and urgently political, from P.A.I.N.’s actions at renowned art institutions to Goldin’s photography of her friends and peers through her epic The Ballad of Sexual Dependency and her legendary 1989, NEA-censored AIDS exhibition, Witness: Against Our Vanishing.
This remarkable and vivid documentary is about the bonds of community, the dangers of repression and how art and politics are the same thing.
Winner of the Golden Lion for Best Film at the 79th Venice International Film Festival