The second-to-last film in our Summer Film Series is ‘A Man Escaped’ (1956) directed by Robert Bresson and selected by Phyllida Barlow. The film, based on the prison accounts of French soldier and Resistance leader André Devigny, follows the protagonist Fontaine as he attempts to break out of a Nazi-run prison. One of Bresson’s most acclaimed works, ‘A Man Escaped’ is an austere and poignant investigation into humanity, faith, and freedom.
Screening begins at sundown, and the rooftop opens at 6pm.
Artist’s Choice Summer Film Series is a program of free evening film screenings that will take place on the rooftop of the gallery’s West 22nd Street location in June and July. With films selected by gallery artists Rita Ackermann, Phyllida Barlow, Ellen Gallagher, Amy Sherald, and Anj Smith, Summer Film Series will present a vibrant collection of cinematic works that illustrate the many ways in which the moving image provides a rich source of inspiration for visual artists.
Offering dramatic views of New York’s West Chelsea Arts District and the Hudson River, Hauser & Wirth’s rooftop feature works by artists from the gallery’s roster, including a special installation of Martin Creed’s ‘Work No. 2198,’ selected by the artist for the space. An assortment of drinks and light snacks will be available on the roof from the Roth Bar during each of the screenings.
While screenings are free, advanced booking is essential due to limited seating. The event will take place from 6 – 10 pm.
Image: A Man Escaped, 1956, by Robert Besson
Image courtesy of Janus Films