Film Forum is pleased to announce the world theatrical premiere of EX LIBRIS – The New York Public Library on Wednesday, September 13. In this, the 42nd documentary by Frederick Wiseman (recipient of an Honorary Oscar in 2016), the legendary filmmaker brings his incisive vision behind the scenes of one of the world’s greatest institutions of learning, capturing the vast programmatic scope of NYC’s library system. The NYPL is blessed with uniformly passionate staff and deeply devoted, appreciative bibliophiles and beneficiaries across its 92 branches. The film reveals a venerable place of welcome, cultural exchange, and intellectual creativity.
Prior to the EX LIBRIS premiere, Film Forum will show Part II of its chronological retrospective, The Complete Wiseman, for nine days, Wednesday, September 6 – Thursday, Septermber 14. This twelve-film installment includes Wiseman titles from BLIND (1986) through LA COMÉDIE FRANÇAISE OU L’AMOUR JOUÉ (1996). It follows the success of The Complete Wiseman: Part I, which played from April 14–27 of this year. (Part III will play in 2018.)
EX LIBRIS is the 12th of Wiseman’s titles Film Forum has debuted, making him the most-premiered filmmaker in the cinema’s 47-year history. Following its NYC premiere, the documentary will open in numerous markets across the country this fall via Wiseman’s company, Zipporah Films. EX LIBRIS will play in select film festivals.
"Frederick Wiseman's next instant classic" - IndieWire
released 2017, 197 minutes
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