30.09. - 09.10.2021

City Hall USA 2020 | 272 min | OV | Colour | FF 2020

Frederick Wiseman

FREDERICK WISEMAN (*1930) is seen as a pioneer of the purely observational Direct Cinema. For his comprehensive and influential life's work, including "Titicut Follies" (1967), "Primate" (1974), "La Danse" (2009) and "National Gallery" (2014), he was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 2016. FILMFEST HAMBURG showed "In Jackson Heights" (2015), "Ex Libris" (2017) and "Monrovia, Indiana" (2018).

rated for 0 + years
DOCUMENTARY For the good of the people: in his new film, doyen Frederick Wiseman observes the complex work of the city administration in Boston. The town hall is the nerve centre of every conurbation. What every citizen takes for granted – security, sewage and waste disposal, social issues, town planning, culture, education – are the result of long decision-making processes of the urban executive. For City Hall, Frederick Wiseman returns to his home town of Boston and observes Mayor Marty Walsh and his staff in their daily work. He shows why a functioning city adminsitration is necessary for humans to be able to live together successfully.

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Original title: City Hall
Film type: Documentary Feature
Original language: English
Section: Transatlantic
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Frederick Wiseman
Producer: Frederick Wiseman, Karen Konicek
Director of Photography: John Davey
Production Design:
Editor: Frederick Wiseman
Sound: Frederick Wiseman
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: The Party Film Sales, Paris
Production: Puritan Films; LLC/Zipporah Films, Inc.
Contact: Karen Konicek, Zipporah Films, Inc.:


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