Art films are low-budgeted and experimental films
February 19, 2007 7:29am CST
An art film is a motion picture intended to be a serious artistic work, often experimental and not designed for mass appeal. These films include foreign language films, independent and non-mainstream films, as well as documentaries and short films. The art film producers usually present their work at specialty theatres and film festivals in urban areas, and seek a niche audience rather than mass appeal. Art films are often produced on small budgets, which lack the lavish advertising campaigns of films in wide release. With small investment costs, art films only need to appeal to a small portion of the viewing audiences to achieve huge financial success. Art films do not always explain themselves; they often have episode meandering plot lines. A character might wander off, encounter something for no clear reason and no definite explanation provided in the film. Instead, things remain ambiguous to the very end. It deals with realistic social problems in both objective and subjective ways. This genre can more effectively portray its characters true to life by showing their inner psychological state with subjective realism. Therefore, the characters have complex behaviors and relationships. These films prove challenging to viewers who are accustomed to the classical style, because the final scene of an art film does not tie up loose ends the way other classical films do.