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Film still from 20 CIGARETTES: A woman holds a cigarette in her hand and looks into the distance.

Fri 03.02.

Benning’s films usually consist of exactly what their titles promise, although the chronicler of America (industrial) landscapes turns his attention to a new “territory” here: TWENTY CIGARETTES, a film the length of 20 cigarettes, shows 20 smokers of different backgrounds and ages and thus also 20 different ways to smoke: with experience, calm, insecurity, reluctance. Just as the shots of 20 faces become miniature portraits of the smokers akin to a screen test, the slowly dissipating smoke of their cigarettes functions as an image of time evaporating.

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  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media