Where is Rocky II?

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Where is Rocky II?

Directed by Pierre Bismuth
Belgium, USA | 93 min. | English (no subtitles)

In 2009 the American artist Ed Ruscha stashed away a big fake stone - which he baptized Rocky II - in the Mojave Desert. Casually he wishes scriptwriter Piere Bismuth luck in his quest for the stone. Bismuth picks up the gauntlet and goes out to find the stone. Where is Rocky II? is a wonderful unconventional documentary Bismuth himself describes as 'fake fiction'.

When artist Ed Ruscha - whose work is worth a lot of money - hides a giant fake stone in the desert, it is reason enough for Pierre Bismuth - known for his screenplay of the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - to go looking for the stone. But it turns out he is searching for a needle in a haystack. Bismuth is required to ask a private detective, as well as two screenwriters from Hollywood, for help. Private detective Mike Scott tries to find the stone via standard detective investigation, the screenwriters focus on what would be the best storyline. Who will find or get closest to Rocky II?

Pierre Bismuth, who lives and works in Brussels, won an Oscar for Best Screenplay in 2005 with his movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. His first film as a director, however, is a very unconventional documentary in which finding the stone Rocky II does not only trigger an exciting quest, but also a funny reason to ask questions about documentary making, storytelling and the use of fiction and fantasy. For is filming a documentary not similar to true detective work? Or is it quite the opposite?


About the director(s)

 

Credits

Producer Gregoire Gensollen
Cinematography David Raedeker
Music Hugo Lippens