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Pierre Bismuth

Where is Rocky II?

​Follow an artist’s riveting search for a long-lost Ed Ruscha artwork hidden in the Mojave desert.

In 1979, American artist Ed Ruscha allegedly made a fake rock out of resin and hid it among real ones somewhere in California’s vast Mojave Desert. Named Rocky II, after the blockbuster movie with Sylvester Stallone, the work was never spoken about publicly nor is it listed in any catalogue of Ruscha’s work. Obsessed with this mystery piece, Academy Award–winner Pierre Bismuth sets out to find it. It’s clear from the outset of this fantastical tale that Bismuth, the writer for Michel Gondry’s Ethernal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, won’t take a conventional approach. Instead, he hires a hard-boiled private investigator and two acclaimed Hollywood screenwriters to pick up the trail in their separate and distinctive ways. Each constructs theories and deduces motives, muddying the few known facts with highly plausible and deeply engaging “fake fiction.”


“For me, WHERE IS ROCKY II? is about more than Ed Ruscha and finding his hidden art. At the core, it is a film about how we project fantasies and how works of art can be the perfect object of fantasy.”
(Pierre Bismuth)

Pierre Bismuth – born in 1963 in Neuilly sur Seine – is a contemporary artist. Through efficient and often humorous gestures, Bismuth interrupts pre-established codes of reading the images and objects that pervade daily life, from Hollywood films, headline stories in newspapers to magazine clippings from gentlemen’s magazines. In 2005 he won the best original screenplay at the 77th Academy Awards along with Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman for the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. He lives and works in Brussels. The Artist is represented by Team Gallery, NY Jan Mot, Brussels, Bugada Cargnel, Paris Christine König, Vienna.



April 2016 – Hot Docs Toronto Canada
June 2016 – Art Basel
August 2016 – Festival di Locarno (Out of contest)
Wednesday 16 November 2016 – Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival, Florence
Wednesday 23 November 2016 – Centre Pompidou, Paris
Friday 9 December 2016 – TATE Modern, London

Friday 13 January 2017 – LACMA,  Los Angeles

Friday 3 March 2017 – Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi, Venice (Schermo dell’Arte)

Pierre Bismuth

Pierre Bismuth

Gregoire Gensollen

Beatrice Bulgari | In Between Art Film
Marta Donzelli & Gregorio Paonessa | Vivo Film
 Frakas Productions

Robert Knepper as Cal Joshua
Milo Ventimiglia as The Detective
Richard Edson as Ted Simmons
Barry O’Rourke as Lou
Tania Raymonde as Emmy
Roger Guenvur Smith as The Museum Director
Stephe Tobolowsky as Byron


Ed Rusha