The fake are reigning supreme nowadays. Fake influencers, despite not existing in real life, can win fans and build a loyal audience. They are made of algorithms, not flesh and blood, but they influence the behaviors of real people. Fake news has a very real influence on our real politics, while “real” fake news sites, like The Onion, are often closer to reporting the truth than we’d like. The Deepfake, in which a person in an existing image or video is replaced with someone else’s likeness, is becoming harder to recognize every day. As it turns out, faking it is not such a bad idea after all.

An ode to the fake is long overdue, which is why Kriterion’s Modern Classics films in June will celebrate the copy, the false, the imitation pretending to be the real thing. Every Monday and Saturday we will screen different imposters and their dogma: Fake It Till You Make It.

F for Fake (1973)

Monday June 6th at 22:00 & Saturday June 11th at 16:30

English spoken

F for Fake documents the lives of infamous fakers Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving. De Hory, who later committed suicide to avoid more prison time, made his name by selling forged works of art by painters like Picasso and Matisse. Irving was infamous for writing a fake autobiography of Howard Hughes. Welles moves between documentary and fiction as he examines the fundamental elements of fraud and the people who commit fraud at the expense of others.

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Idioterne (1998, 35mm)

Maandag 13 juni om 22:00 & Zaterdag 18 juni om 16:30

Danish spoken | Dutch subtitles

Society is the mother of all idiots.

Een groep Denen probeert te ontsnappen aan de verantwoordelijkheden van het leven door grof, onwetend en oneerbiedig te doen alsof ze psychische stoornissen hebben … zonder rekening te houden met wie dan ook. The Idiots zal op 35mm vertoond worden.

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Certified Copy (2010)

Monday June 20th at 22:00 & Saturday June 25th at 16:30

French, Italian, English spoken | English subtitles

James Miller has just written a book on the value of a copy versus the original work of art. At a book reading, a woman gives him her address, and the next day they meet and take a country-side drive to a local Italian village. Here, they discuss various works of art found in the town, and also the nature of their relationship – which gets both more revealed and concealed as the day progresses.

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The Face of Another (1966)

Monday June 27th at 22:00 & Saturday July 2nd at 16:30

Japanese spoken | English subtitles

A businessman facially scarred in a laboratory explosion receives treatment from a psychiatrist, and obtains an amazingly life-like mask from the doctor. Soon after being fitted for the mask, he attempts to seduce his wife and succeeds. Strangely enough, his personality seemingly begins to change after he puts on the mask as if it has influenced his personality. His new identity does not enable him to reintegrate into society after all.

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