Beauty and Ruin

Canada | 2016 | 75 min
Author: Sally Blake, Marc De Guerre
Cinematography: Alan Poon
Distribution: Subject Chaser Films Inc.
Editing: Sally Blake
Music: Tal Zana, Rose Bolton
Producer: Jeannette Loakman, Sally Blake
Production: Subject Chaser Films Inc., Films A Cinq
Categories :
FIFA Competition


Presented in partnership with ICI ARTV

Detroit, a once prosperous city, is going bankrupt and the appointed emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, is plundering the city’s assets in search of cash to pay off Detroit’s creditors. One of the most valuable assets in the city is the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA), which houses one of the country’s richest collections, including masterpieces by Van Gogh, Titian and Brueghel. Canadian director Marc de Guerre chronicles the story of the bankruptcy and the fight over the artwork as Detroit goes into receivership. What will be the consequences? How will this affect its citizens, its art, culture and health care? This documentary artfully explores the story of the once powerful American city now on the verge of financial ruin.


Marc De Guerre

Marc de Guerre, a two-time Gemini Award-winning documentary director and writer who lives and works in Toronto, has been making films since 2000. His films reflect his interest in art, human behaviour, social history, popular culture, sexuality and technology. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, he spent many years as a working visual artist before transitioning to documentary film. His art background is a very important element in his filmmaking.
Filmography | Transforming Gender (2015) ; A.D. After Digital (2014) ; How We Got Gay (2013) ; Why Men Cheat (2012) ; Who's Sorry Now (2011) ; The End Of Men (2010) ; Surviving The Future (2009) ; The Disappearing Male (2008) ; Blood Sweat And Code (2007) ; A Perfect Fake (2005).

Screenings playing this movie

Screening # 30
Presented by ICI ARTV
Beauty and Ruin
FIFA Competition

Beauty and Ruin

Canada | 75 min | 2016


City Manifesto
FIFA New Narratives

City Manifesto

France | 7 min | 2016

French, English, German, Swedish | Subtitles in French