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United States | 2022 | Martine Syms


Prominent Black American artist Martine Syms makes her feature film directorial debut with this funny but barbed art world comedy. The movie focuses on a Black female sculptor, Palace, during her first 24 hours as a newly minted Master of Fine Arts—having just graduated from a mostly white art school in upstate New York where her classmates and instructors resent her inclusion in a recent Venice Biennale. Tired and frustrated, Palace wants to skip all campus celebrations and just go home to her family. “Witty, sharp, and right on the mark…Social commentary for the art world like we’ve never seen it before.” –Vogue. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 97 min.

General admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D.holders, and those age 25 & under $8.

Screening co-sponsored by moCa Cleveland; members $8.

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Additional film on the same day: $9 (or the member price for that film)
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