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A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold

A Bread Factory

Directed by Patrick Wang
United States, 2018
Drama

Synopsis

After 40 years of running their community arts space, The Bread Factory, Dorothea and Greta are suddenly fighting for survival when a celebrity couple—performance artists from China—come to Checkford and build an enormous complex down the street catapulting big changes in their small town.

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A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold Directed by Patrick Wang

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2019 | 2 nominations including: John Cassavetes Award

A riveting, one of a kind cinematic experience, an ethnography of a community told with a profoundly compassionate eye that speaks to Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris: The New York Public Library and Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion.
November 26, 2018
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Wang finds room for loving, faintly Guffman-esque character sketches (a local actor and critic have feuded for 50 years over a bad review); testimonials to the power of mentorship for preserving continuity; and a most daring gambit in part two in which performance spills over into everyday life as banal encounters take the form of tap routines and choral interludes.
November 02, 2018
The focus on the workings of an American institution may remind some of the expansive comedies of Robert Altman or the documentaries of Frederick Wiseman. But also, the blurring of the line between performance and reality, the embrace of an intimate theatricality, recalls the work of Jacques Rivette. These are cinematic giants, and this director may be on his way to joining them.
October 25, 2018
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