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JOAN RIVERS – A PIECE OF WORK

DIRECTOR: Annie Sundberg, Ricki Stern | USA | 84 min | 2010

Cuttingly irreverent, politically incorrect and extraordinarily candid, Joan Rivers is a force of augmented nature. This fly-on-the-wall documentary repeatedly illustrates that even at the age of 75 she is not nearly ready to step out of the limelight and retire gracefully. A dynamo of endless energy and constant career making or breaking ideas, Rivers tenaciously pursues gigs, any gig, to keep working and feel complete. Blended with archival footage, the camera follows her through disappointment, desperation, rejection, vulnerability, loss and deep insecurity; and then back to success.

Often poignant, occasionally sober and then laugh-out-loud funny, the camera looks behind her controversially sculpted mask to the real Joan Rivers in a light that is neither fawning nor unsympathetic. Courtesy of Pieter-Dirk Uys

US Documentary Editing Award – Sundance 2010