Self portrait with scratched back after sex, London 1978 (Photo courtesy of Nan Goldin)

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed Gets Its First Trailer

Doc opens in Toronto Dec. 1

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Get your first look at Golden Lion winner All the Beauty and the Bloodshed. Elevation Pictures released the first trailer for Laura Poitras’ acclaimed portrait of photographer Nan Goldin and her epic fight with Prescription Addiction Intervention Now (PAIN) to hold the Sackler family accountable for profiteering amid the opioid crisis. The latest film from the Citizenfour Oscar winner made history this year as only the second documentary to win Venice’s top prize. It was also the only film to play the big four of fall festival season: Venice, Toronto, Telluride, and New York. All the Beauty and the Bloodshed drew wide acclaim for its incendiary fusion of art and activism.

“As Poitras culminates the story of Goldin’s family with PAIN’s pursuit of justice in the Sackler case, the film makes clear that this tale extends beyond one greedy family,” I wrote while reviewing All the Beauty and the Bloodshed at TIFF. “It’s a history of America’s legacy for letting wealthy and powerful people shirk their responsibility. It’s about an artist’s responsibility to hold the establishment to power and use art to challenge the status quo, rather than be bolstered by it. Rejecting the currency of the Sackler family name poses a serious risk for Goldin, but it pays huge dividends in a campaign that just might be her most masterful stroke yet.”


All the Beauty and the Bloodshed opens in Toronto at TIFF Lightbox on Dec. 1.



Synopsis: Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is an epic, emotional and interconnected story about internationally renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin told through her slideshows, intimate interviews, ground-breaking photography, and rare footage of her personal fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for the overdose crisis.


Pat Mullen is the publisher of POV Magazine. He holds a Master’s in Film Studies from Carleton University where his research focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema. Pat has also contributed to outlets including The Canadian Encyclopedia, Paste, That Shelf, Sharp, Xtra, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association and an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards.

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