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The Proposal

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“Should anyone have the right to control an artist’s legacy?”Screen International

Part thriller, part romance, The Proposal follows conceptual artist Jill Magid as she tries to access the archives of Mexico's most famous architect, Luis Barragán. 

Best known for his artistic preoccupation with magic, serenity, colour andlight, Luis Barragán died in 1988, and his entire professional archive - including the rights to his name and work - was acquired in 1995 by a private Swiss furniture company.

The company has since denied all public access to the archive of photos, drawings and negatives, claiming that they are working on research about the architect's legacy.

Magid, who previously trained as a spy, a police officer, and a war journalist, initially intended to make a film about Barragán's style. But after discovering this strange "protection" of his archive, she joined forces with with executive producer Laura Poitras (Citizen Four) and embarked on a provocative project that grapples with the politics of private property and public art, how an artist's story is told, and who is allowed to do the telling.

Melbourne premiere

  • DIRECTOR: Jill Magid
  • EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Laura Poitras
  • Duration: 85 mins
  • Country: United States of America
  • Language: English
  • Date: 2018
  • Format: DCP, Colour
  • Courtesy: Cinetic Media
  • Source: Cinetic Media
  • Rating: Unclassified 15+ (Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian)

Event starts
Tuesday 12 March, 2019
Event Ends
Saturday 16 March, 2019
Venue
ACMI
Venue Address
Federation Square, Flinders St
Location

Melbourne,

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