French Academy Award winning artist Pierre Bismuth’s mockumentary Where is Rocky II? will screen over the next two months at world renowned museums in Paris, London and Los Angeles.
The fiction documentary stars director Pierre Bismuth himself in the lead. In the film, he hires a duo of screenwriters to investigate on a mysterious artwork, allegedly made in 1979 by American artist Ed Ruscha, that was hidden among natural rock formations somewhere in California’s vast Mojave Desert. The artwork was named Rocky II after the Sylvester Stallone film and never spoken about in public, nor was it ever listed in any catalogue of Ruscha’s work.
The first of the upcoming Where is Rocky II? screenings will take place in Paris, France at the Centre Pompidou on November 23. Bismuth and producer Grégoire Gensollen will be in attendance. The second will be in London, United Kingdom at the Tate Modern on December 9. Bismuth will be in attendance. The final will be at LACMA in Los Angeles, United States, on January 13. This screening will be attended by Bismith, Gensollen and screenwriters D.V. DeVincentis, Anthony Peckham and Mike White, actor Robert Knepper, and detective Michael Scott.
Where is Rocky II? marks the feature directorial debut of Bismuth. He previously won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Eternal Sunshine of the Spottless Mind (2005), which he co-wrote alongside Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman.