Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Absolute Wilson

Year: 2006
Language: English
Run Time: 105 minutes

Absolute Wilson

Avant-garde theater director Robert Wilson is among the most controversial artists of contemporary times. His profound body of work has consistently pushed the theatrical envelope with surrealist design and unorthodox choreography. His stage productions are considered visual achievements and his methodologies are considered unconventional. While Wilson's productions, put on screen, speak largely for themselves, in Absolute Wilson the artist speaks with candor of his youth in Waco, and the creative processes that brought him fame. Of particular significance is Wilson's disclosure of a childhood speech impediment and learning disability which led to his ability to communicate through images. Commentary is provided by a variety of Wilson's fellow artists and supporters, including Susan Sotang and David Bryne. Five years in the making stylishly executed, the film's careful editing ties the film's subject and his work together seamlessly, doing ample justice to both the artist and the art. – J.B.H.

CIFF31 Screenings

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 7:00 PM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 2:00 PM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Katharina Otto-Bernstein

Katharina Otto-Bernstein

Penny CM Stankiewicz

Ian Saladyga

Bernadine Colish

Principal Cast
Robert Wilson, David Byrne, William Burroughs, Charles Fabius, Philip Glass, Harvey Lichtenstein, Jessye Norman, John Rockwell, Susan Sontag, Tom Waits, Suzanne Wilson

Film Contact

Beck Center for the Arts

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