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The Man Who Stole Banksy

Fall Grants 2017 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

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Marco Proserpio / Feature Documentary / United Kingdom, Italy, Qatar / 2018 / 90 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic, English, French, Italian / Interests: Politics, Road Trip, Social Issues, Based on a True Story, Identity, Creative Documentary

Synopsis

In 2007, anonymous street artist and activist Banksy painted a number of politically divisive artworks in Palestine. Some local residents viewed one piece in particular as an insult as they believed it portrayed them in a culturally insensitive way. Others hailed it as high art and flocked to see it. One saw a business opportunity. Local taxi driver known as ‘Walid the Beast’ decided to cut out the entire cement wall containing the art and sell it to the highest bidder online.

A DFI granted film ‘The Man Who Sold Banksy’ is narrated by Iggy Pop and follows the artwork as it makes its journey from the Middle East to the auction houses of Western Europe. It brings the viewer into the shadowy underworld of a secret art market filled with stolen street art removed from walls around the world. Director Marco Proserpio’s provocative feature debut is a high-energy examination of public space, appropriation, and the commodification of street art that asks what happens when political art meets the dark side of capitalism?

Credits

Director
Marco Proserpio
Screenwriter
Marco Proserpio, Filippo Perfido, Christian Omodeo
Producer
Marco Proserpio, Filippo Perfido

About the Director

Marco Proserpio has been involved in film, television and advertising since the age of 20, when he started working at MTV Italia. Soon after leaving MTV he started directing for television, short films and commercials. His corporate clients include Pirelli, Campari, Jeep, Diesel, Sony. In November 2016, Proserpio directed the film 'The Story Of Our Guardians' produced by Balich Worldwide Shows.

Production Company Profile

Hiding behind the cult of the multiple-use name 'Sterven Jønger', Sterven Pictures is an independent production company based in Milan, Italy, founded in 2010 and operated ever since by filmmakers Marco Proserpio and Jacopo Farina. Sterven Pictures specializes in the research and production of a broad range of original content. Clients include Adidas, Autogrill, Fondazione Prada, Jeep, Missoni, Moleskine, Montreux Jazz Festival, Pirelli, Sony, Universal Music Group, Vice, YOOX, Wired and many more. In 2017, during the production of the feature 'The Man Who Stole Banksy', Marco Proserpio decided to split the company and simply use his own name and focus on documentaries and features, leaving former partner Jacopo Farina to use the name 'Sterven Jønger' to work mainly on advertising and music videos.

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Marco Proserpio

    Company: 
    Sterven Pictures
    Phone: 
    +39 3404 1055 43
    Email: 
    stervenpictures@gmail.com

  • Production Company

    Sterven Pictures

    Email: 
    stervenpictures@gmail.com

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