Source: The Playlist
The unbelievable strangeness inherent in truth has made for some incredibly destabilizing documentaries about the blurred lines of fact and fiction.
Films like “Dear Zachary,” “Catfish,” “Exit Through The Gift Shop,”’ and “The Imposter” all blow themselves up in the middle featuring twists so disarming, so surprising that they make one question the very reality and existence of what you’ve been watching.
So prepare to be fooled, thrilled, and surprised with a new classic of this upending subgenre with “Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary,” a doc that uses the integral subject of magic and artifice to create a riveting meta-story about the illusory nature of truth, trust, and the self-examining questioning of what you thought to be real.
Directed by Ben Berman, who has worked on some crazy shows as an editor and director like “Tim and Eric,”and the gonzo “Lady Dynamite,” his film is wild too, a discombobulating rabbit hole within rabbit holes, but likely in a way he never ever imagined.
It’s the story of magician Amazing Johnathan (real name John Szeles). Johnathan has been given a devastating diagnosis; he has a terminal heart condition and is going to die.
But as Berman goes out to follow Jonathan on a comeback tour, nothing is quite what it seems, and soon the director finds himself at the center of his own documentary, unintentionally having to Michael Moore himself into the story.
Hulu recently acquired “Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary” at the Sundance Film Festival. A premiere date has not been announced.
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