The Triumphs and Laments of William Kentridge

United Kingdom | 2016 | 62 min
Producer: Martin Rosenbaum


Quebec Premiere

This documentary presents a window into the world of South African artist William Kentridge, as he prepares a monumental 550-meter frieze along the Tiber River in Rome and his studio in Johannesburg, his hometown and inspiration for the hand-drawn magic animation films he calls “drawings for projection”. Raised under apartheid and witness to a political transition to a multicultural democracy, Kentridge is a politically inspired artist whose creative process behind cartoons, prints, and animated films reflects the turbulent history of his native country. A privileged look at the colossal work of a unique artist.


Adam Low

Adam Low’s documentaries have won numerous prizes in both Europe and the USA during his entire career. He is now working on a feature length documentary, The Royal Academy of Arts, in London.
Filmography | Bennett's Diaries (2016) ; My Curious Documentary (2015) ; The National Theatre (2013) ; The Dreams of William Goldin (2012) ; Frankenstein: A Modern Myth (2012); Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art (2010) ; T. S. Eliot (2009) ; The Hunt for Moby-Dick (2008) ; The Strange Luck of V. S. Naipaul (2008) ; Bacon's Arena (2006) ; The Life and Times of Count Luchino Visconti (2002) ; The Private Dirk Bogarde (2001).

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Screenings playing this movie

Centre Canadien d’Architecture – Théâtre Paul-Desmarais / Canadian Centre for Architecture – Paul-Desmarais Theatre
Screening # 18
Presented by SWISS FILMS
FIFA Special Screenings


Switzerland | 52 min | 2017

German | Subtitles in French

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec – Auditorium Sandra et Alain Bouchard, pavillon Pierre Lassonde
Screening # QUÉBEC