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Banksy speaks in Berlin (sort of) about EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

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by: Chase Whale
February 14th, 2010

Right now the Berlin Film Festival is running its course. A few articles down, you can see Emilio Estivez is currently shopping the European market that for a distributor for his film, THE WAY. EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, which made its world premiere last month at the Sundance Film Festival, screened today at Festival. The press there had the understanding that Banksy, the documentary's mysterious subject and director, would make an appearance at the screening and attend the press conference shortly after. If you're reading this, then you know Banksy is rather keen on keeping his identity hidden, so of course, he didn't show up for either. Right before the screening, they showed a video statement recorded by Banksy via satellite from his England home.

In his digitally altered voice, Banksy spoke about how some people think the film's content is bogus, when it's actually very, very real. "'EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP' is one of the most honest films you’ll ever see... I guess my ambition was to make a film that would do for graffiti art what ‘Karate Kid’ did for martial arts. A film that would get every school kid in the world picking up a spray can and having a go."

Many believe that Banksy and Mr. Brainwash are the same person, and if that's true, Banksy is in New York right now, as Brainwash has debuted his 15,000 square foot art show in Manhattan today.

Check out the video and full transcription after the jump.

Guten tag.

Hello ladies and gentlemen, my name is Bansky, unfortunately I can’t be with you today, so I am speaking from my home in England via satellite link. I’d like to start by saying that I never intended to make a film and some people might say I’ve succceeded in that ambition.”

Essentially, I thought it was important to start recording the global phenomenon of street art, because I felt if we didn’t get it on tape a lot of people wouldn’t believe some of the things that were going on. As it turns out, some of the people don’t believe it anyway and they think the film is some kind of spoof. This is ironic because ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ is one of the most honest films you’ll ever see. There was no plan, there was no script and we didn’t even realize we were making a film until about halfway through.”

I guess my ambition was too make a film that would do for graffiti art what ‘Karate Kid’ did for martial arts. A film that would get every school kid in the world picking up a spray can and having a go. As it tirns out, i think we might have made a film that does for street art what ‘Jaws’ did for water sking.”

I think its a good film. I think its a good film if you’ve got very low expectations. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you very much for coming.

Auf wieder sehen.

Source: IndieWire

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