Ex Libris 12A

Sun 15 Jul, 3.30pm


"★★★★★ – Wiseman’s epic Ex-Libris might make you cry with happiness, it’s the good fight being fought“ – Time Out

Legendary documentary filmmaker Frederik Wiseman returns with this engrossing and spell-binding look at the New York Public Library, shot in his observational “cinema vérité” style (although he dislikes that term himself).

No talking heads, no voice-over narration; with a deft eye for subtle profundity Wiseman lets stories and characters manifest naturally on screen and captures the complex interactions between the library and its user, illuminating the vital (and frequently overlooked) role that these institutions play in society. A powerful celebration of learning and community.

Dir: Frederick Wiseman

USA 2018, 197mins

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