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Art Basel’s best artist films

Work by Martin Creed, Joan Jonas and Yinka Shonibare to be screened this week

More than 70 films by and about artists are due to be screened at Art Basel this week, including work by Martin Creed, Joan Jonas and Yinka Shonibare. Below, a look at some of The Art Newspaper’s picks.

Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face

Partway through the documentary film “Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face”, the famed American photographer is putting on eyeliner when she casually asks a friend: “Do you believe in evil?” Goldin certainly does. "Especially since looking at Bosch's paintings, I've started to believe in hell and it's scaring the hell out of me." Not that the film is all about fear. Filmmaker Sabine Lidl also captures Goldin telling a story about offering to teach an intelligent friend how to perform an oral sex act in exchange for a lesson on the philosophy of Hegel. The movie, which has already been screen in Europe, makes its US debut this week.

Friday 6 December, 8:30 PM, Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Farewell to the Past: Yinka Shonibare, MBE

Yinka Shonibare’s Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) (2004) sounds benign enough and, at certain points, it is. But as the disguised party guests gather in the ballroom of what looks like an 18th-century French mansion, a murder is committed. Then, suddenly, the victim rises and, with the help of two others, scans the room. Is he looking for his killer? It isn’t quite clear, but it doesn’t have to be. Shonibare’s half-hour film, which will be screened with two shorter works, is perhaps more about the beauty of choreographed motion than anything else.

Friday 6 December, 9 PM, New World Center at 500 17th St, Miami Beach

Fantasia for Dissonant Harmonies

Film-makers often rely on music to set a tone or suggest a transition. But music can also do more, even if it spurns our expectations. However, not all the artists included in “Fantasia for Dissonant Harmonies”, a programme exploring sound in film, are even interested in disharmony. In Lucien Smith’s I Like America and America Likes Me (2013), video of Michael Jordan hitting one slam dunk after another is straightforwardly paired with Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly With Me.” Other works are more jarring. Bill Balaskas’s Parthenon Rising (2011) couples images of the ancient Greek building with the music of an anxious pianist. Sixteen artists are included in total.

Saturday 7 December, 10pm, New World Center at 500 17th St, Miami Beach

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