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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Frederick Wiseman’s At Berkeley

#49. Frederick Wiseman’s At Berkeley

Gist: “For the past five weeks, with over 100 hours of film footage, famed documentarian Frederick Wiseman has been working to make UC Berkeley the subject of his 39th film…[and he] expects to continue working for another five weeks, collecting a total of 200 to 250 hours worth of material.” – September, 2010. Originally drawn to UC Berkeley’s academic reputation and complexity, Wiseman intends for this documentary – the first made about the campus – to place “particular emphasis” on the management of the university, his footage ranging from freshmen moving into dorms to football games to department meetings.

Prediction: Made to be aired on PBS, we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the great documentarian return to the Fortnight, where his 2010 Boxing Gym had its premiere. Wiseman doesn’t seem to be very picky with his festival, unveiling his films pretty much wherever is most convenient (La Danse bowed in Venice, Crazy Horse at TIFF), so if it’s ready and he isn’t obliged to limit this one to the small screen, we imagine that this’ll play wherever Cannes organizers care to put it (other sections and sidebars aren’t out of the question, too).

Blake Williams is an avant-garde filmmaker born in Houston, currently living and working in Toronto. He recently entered the PhD program at University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute, and has screened his video work at TIFF (2011 & '12), Tribeca (2013), Images Festival (2012), Jihlava (2012), and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Blake has contributed to's coverage for film festivals such as Cannes, TIFF, and Hot Docs. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (Rosetta), Haneke (Code Unknown), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (Happy Together), Kiarostami (Where is the Friend's Home?), Lynch (INLAND EMPIRE), Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), Van Sant (Last Days), Von Trier (The Idiots)

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