Dir: Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
Grand Jury Prize: Sundance Film Festival
The Grand Jury Documentary Prize winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Weiner offers a fascinating, edge-of-the- seat behind-the-scenes view of disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner.
The cut and thrust of political life is central to Weiner’s life, and, despite resigning from Congress in 2011 as the result of a sexting scandal, two-years later he decides to run for mayor of New York. But then another scandal breaks...
Fly-on-the-wall documentary Weiner follows the campaign, but this rapidly expands into an exploration of family, devotion, loyalty, and the pitfalls of digital media. The results are a movie described by Variety as “a rollicking and never-dull insiders’ view of a political campaign.”
Weiner unfolds at quite the most frenetic pace and just when you think things couldn’t go any more off the rails, the heat is turned up just that little more for him and us. For the viewer it reaches excruciating levels of tension - and not without subtantial humour. But amped to 11 throughout there’s simply no stopping this man - whatever wreckage he may leave in his wake.
By turns funny, absurd and tragic, and always fascinating, Weiner is essential viewing.
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