Following the style of some of the world's most prolific street artists, an amateur filmmaker makes a foray into the art world.
Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film is a 2010 British documentary film, directed by street artist Banksy. It tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles, and his obsession with street art.
The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival on 24 January 2010, and it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
"An amusing, engrossing look at underground art, Exit Through the Gift Shop entertains as it deflates the myths and hype surrounding its subjects." The film was also nominated for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 83rd Academy Awards.
New York Film Critics Online bestowed its Best Documentary Award on the film in 2010. French journalist Marjolaine Gout gave it 4 stars out of 5, linking Mr. Brainwash and Jeff Koons and criticizing Thierry Guetta's art as toilet papering.
‘Banksy proves that his talents extend beyond the spray can to the movie camera.’ Independent (UK)
‘Exit Through the Gift Shop offers an absorbing glimpse of a bracingly subversive slice of the culture, as well as some tantalizing images of Banksy at work.’ Washington Post
‘As insightful as it is funny. You'll be enthralled.’ People Magazine
American Cinema Editors, USA 2011 Winner of the Eddie for Best Edited Documentary
Austin Film Critics Association 2010 Winner of theAFCA Award for Best Documentary
Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2011 Winner of theCOFCA Award for Best Documentary
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Winner CFCA Award for Best Documentary
Denver Film Critics Society 2011 Winner of the DFCS Award for Best Documentary Film
Film Independent Spirit Awards 2011 Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary
International Cinephile Society Awards 2011 - Winner of the ICS Award for Best Documentary
New York Film Critics, Online 2010 Winner of the NYFCO Award for Best Documentary
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 2010 Winner of the SDFCS Award for Best Documentary
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Winner of the Allan King Documentary Award
Winner of the TFCA Award Best First Feature
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Winner of the WAFCA Award for Best Documentary