Pierre Bismuth (b. 1963 in Neuilly-sur-Seine) is a contemporary artist. Through efficient and often humoristic gestures, Bismuth interrupts pre-established codes of reading the images and objects that pervade daily life, from Hollywood films, headline stories in newspapers to magazine clippings from gentlemen’s magazines.
In 2005 he won the best original screenplay award at the 77th Academy Awards along with Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman for the film ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND. He lives and works in Brussels.
WHERE IS ROCKY II?
In 1979, American artist Ed Ruscha allegedly made a fake rock out of resin and hid it among real ones somewhere in California’s vast Mojave Desert. Named Rocky II after the Sylvester Stallone film, the work is never spoken about publicly nor is it listed in any catalogue of Ruscha’s work.
Obsessed with this mystery piece, Academy Award–winner Pierre Bismuth sets out to find it. It’s clear from the outset of this fantastical tale that Bismuth, the writer for Michel Gondry’s ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, won’t take a conventional approach. Instead, he hires a hard-‐boiled private investigator and two acclaimed Hollywood screenwriters to pick up the trail in their separate and distinctive ways. Each constructs theories and deduces motives, muddying the few known facts with highly plausible and deeply engaging “fake fiction.” Probing and inventive,
this thoroughly original art quest is as enigmatic as the mystery it seeks. *
Featuring writers DV DeVincentis (HIGH FIDELITY, THE PEOPLE VS O.J. SIMPSON), Anthony Peckham (SHERLOCK HOLMES, INVICTUS) and Mike White (SCHOOL OF ROCK, NACHO LIBRE), art world luminaries Michael Govan, Philippe Vergne, Eli Broad and Connie Butler, and actors Robert Knepper
and Milo Ventimiglia.
ROBERT KNEPPER as Cal Joshua (HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY I & II, GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK)
MILO VENTIMIGLIA as The Detective (ROCKY BALBOA, GRACE OF MONACO, HEROES)
RICHARD EDSON as Ted Simmons (STRANGER THAN PARADISE, DO THE RIGHT THING, PLATOON)
BARRY O’ROURKE as Lou (VIOLENT BLUE, AMERICAN NUDIST) TANIA RAYMONDE as Emmy (LOST, TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D, CRAZY EYES)
ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH as The Museum Director (AMERICAN GANGSTER, DOPE, SUMMER OF SAM, MALCOLM X, DO THE RIGHT THING)
STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY as Byron (GROUNDHOG DAY, MEMENTO, THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE)