Downtown 81 follows Jean-Michel Basquiat, then a 19 year-old starving artist, who must raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. Hoping to sell a painting, he wanders the downtown streets, encountering painters, models, junkies, graffiti artists, and musicians.
After 20 years in production limbo, Edo Bertoglio’s percussive No Wave time capsule uncorks to reveal a scene still fizzing with urgency. As Jean-Michel Basquiat weaves his way through the Lower East Side rubble, legends are made as hearts are broken, yet the city still throbs like an exposed vein.
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Luis Buñuel, 1930, France
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States