Far Out Isn’t Far Enough, The Tomi Ungerer Story

 

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Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story depicts one man’s wild, lifelong adventure of testing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art. This 98-minute film combines traditional documentary storytelling with original animation from over 70 years worth of art from the renegade children’s book author and illustrator.

Using a historical palette of 20th century events to paint an artist’s epic yet controversial life story, this HD documentary film offers a feature-length retrospective of Ungerer’s life and art, pondering the complexities and contradictions of a man who, armed with an acerbic wit, an accusing finger and a razor sharp pencil, gave visual representation to the revolutionary voices during one of the most tantalizing and dramatic periods in American history. Far Out Isn’t Far Enough explores the circumstances of his meteoric rise and fall on American soil, but also delves into Ungerer’s formative years leading up to, and prolific years since, his time in America.

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Release Date: 13th December 2013
 

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Length: 98 minutes
 
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About

Dynamically creative, his multifaceted career makes Tomi Ungerer difficult to categorize.

Born in Alsace, he has lived and worked in New York, Canada, Ireland and Strasbourg imbuing his work with a multicultural edge. Tomi is an award winning illustrator and a trilingual author. He has published over 140 books ranging from his much loved children’s books to his controversial adult work. He is famous for his sharp social satire and his witty aphorisms and he ranges from the fantastic to the autobiographical.

His career has also encompassed architectural design, invention, advertising and sculpture. Ungerer’s work forms an important commentary on the social and political changes that have occurred since the second half of the 20th century. He is renowned for his iconic advertising campaigns and political posters against the Vietnam War and racial injustice which were representative of the burgeoning political consciousness in New York in the 1960’s. His political engagement has continued to this day in campaigns against racism and fascism, for nuclear disarmament, ecology and numerous humanitarian causes including important campaigns for European integration and in particular for Franco-German relations.

In 2003 the European Council chose Tomi Ungerer as their first Ambassador for Childhood and Education and in 2007 the Tomi Ungerer Museum in Strasbourg opened its doors to the public and has since been voted one of the 10 best museums in Europe by the European Council.

Reviews

 “The colourful personality and heterogeneous body of work of French-born illustrator-author Tomi Ungerer is vividly brought to life”
Variety

 

“Easily the most wildly fascinating artist profiled in a documentary since Crumb”
movies.com

 

“Ungerer’s ice-blue eyes, sharp tongue and palpable enjoyment in shocking the bourgeoise make him an engaging narrator”
Chicago Sun Times

 

“Far Out Isn’t Far Enough (has) a raconteur’s charm rare among film studies of artists lives”
San Francisco Chronicle

 

“Everything a good documentary should be”
Colesmithey.com