Famous on Famous

The King

Eugene Jarecki
Screening time  
27.02. / Wednesday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 1  
Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, Eugene Jarecki’s new film takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America.

From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and with a penetrating eye looks at how we got here. A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and ordinary, join the journey, including Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers, and Dan Rather, among many others.


Eugene Jarecki

Eugene Jarecki is an American award-winning filmmaker. In 2012, he has won Sundance Grand Jury awards for documentary The House I Live In. The film was screened at 2013 ZagrebDox. His prior film, Reagan (2011) won an Emmy Award. In 2010, Jarecki worked alongside Morgan Spurlock and Alex Gibney as director of a documentary film inspired by the bestselling book Freakonomics. Jarecki’s film Why We Fight, winner of the 2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and a Peabody Award, has been broadcasted in over forty countries, including 2006 ZagrebDox. The King (2017) is his latest documentary.

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2017, 120'

Directed by:
Eugene Jarecki

Screenplay by:
Eugene Jarecki, Christopher St. John

Tom Bergmann, Christopher Frierson, Étienne Sauret

Edited by:
Simon Barker, Alex Bingham, Èlia Gasull Balada, Laura Israel

Antony Genn, Robert Miller, Martin Slattery

Christopher St. John, David Kuhn

Produced by:
Charlotte Street Films, Ghost In The Machine Films, Backup Media

Festivals & Awards:

Haifa International Film Festival 2017 – Carmel Award Special Mention; Cannes Film Festival 2017; New Zealand International Film Festival 2017; Cork International Film Festival 2017; Gasparilla International Film Festival 2018