Press release

American premiere at the New York Film Festival of "Nature" by Artavazd Peleshian / "2 Pasolini" by Andrei Ujica

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is pleased to announce the world festival premiere of Nature, the new film by legendary Armenian filmmaker Artavazd Peleshian, as well as the world premiere of 2 Pasolini, a new film by Romanian filmmaker, Andrei Ujica, at the 59th New York Film Festival (September 24 – October 10, 2021).

Commissioned in 2005 by Fondation Cartier and ZKM Filminstitut in Karlsruhe, Nature is the culmination of fifteen years of work and Artavazd Peleshian's first feature film in nearly 30 years. Comprised of a montage of found disaster footage, the film marks a return to one of Peleshian’s favorite themes – humanity’s relationship with the natural world.

Discover or rediscover the online project Encounter with Artavazd Peleshian exploring the film maker's history through rare documents, historical photos and a number of contributions by major figures from the art and the film world.


In 2000, Andrei Ujica accepted an invitation from the Fondation Cartier to create a work for The Desert, an exhibition that explored the desert as a space of both unity and contradiction. Projects were commissioned by ten different artists, including Ujica, who was tasked with using found footage from Pasolini’s Sopraluoghi in Palestina ([Location Hunting in Palestine], 1965).

In 2 Pasolini, Andrei Ujica follows Pasolini and his theological advisor, Don Andrea Carraro, on a trip through Palestine in the 1960s. The men are on a quest – scouting the location for The Gospel According to St. Matthew, Pasolini’s neorealist masterpiece tracing the life of Christ from birth through the Resurrection.


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