All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

Laura Poitras, USA 2022, 121’
Aftersun Asteroid City

Director Laura Poitras, awarded for this film in Venice, shows the life and work of famous photographer Nan Goldin from the perspective of her social involvement. The founder of PAIN (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) defends people addicted to painkillers and fights their corrupt manufacturers

‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’ Review: Laura Poitras’s Film About How Nan Goldin Turned Her Art of Transgression Against the Sackler Family (Variety)

Millennium Docs Against Gravity


  • Venice IFF 2022 - Best Film, Ambassador of Hope (Smithers Foundation Award)
  • Film Independent Spirit Awards 2023 - Best Documentary
  • Stockholm FF 2022 - Best Documentary
  • Athens IFF 2022 - Best Documentary

Laura Poitras

Laura Poitras is a documentary filmmaker who won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Citizenfour. She won an Independent Spirit Award for My Country, My Country, which was released in the U.S. by Zeitgeist Films and broadcast on PBS’s P.O.V. Both  My Country, My Country and her Creative Capital project The Oath are part of a trilogy titled The New American Century, about post-9/11 America. Poitras is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and Peabody Award. Before making documentaries, she worked as a professional chef. Poitras lives in New York City and teaches documentary filmmaking at Yale University.

Selected filmography

2003 Flag Wars

2006 Mój kraju! / My Country, My Country

2010 Przysięga / The Oath

2016 Ryzyko / Risk

2021 Terror Contagion (short)

2021 Rok nieustającej burzy / The Year of the Everlasting Storm

Cast & Crew

director Laura Poitras
screenplay Laura Poitras
cinematography Nan Goldin
editing Joe Bini, Amy Foote, Brian A. Kates
music Soundwalk Collective
cast Nan Goldin, David Velasco, Megan Kapler
producer Howard Gertler, Nan Goldin, Yoni Golijov, John Lyons, Laura Poitras
production Participant, Praxis Films
Polish distributor Against Gravity
language English
coloration colour
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