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Some Banksy art at the 2010 Sundance Film FestivalBanksy: vandal or virtuoso? Opinion may be divided over the anonymous street artist but his first foray into feature film seems to be uniting critics in their praise for his documentary 'Exit Through the Gift Shop'.

The film got its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival after a clever marketing campaign which included five suspected Banksy works appearing around the Colorado town (you can see one of them here).

See the trailer to Banksy's film after the jump... Some Banksy art at the 2010 Sundance Film FestivalBanksy: vandal or virtuoso? Opinion may be divided over the anonymous street artist but his first foray into feature film seems to be uniting critics in their praise for his documentary 'Exit Through the Gift Shop'.

The film got its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival after a clever marketing campaign which included five suspected Banksy works appearing around the Colorado town (you can see one of them here).

Exit is a film assembled from hours of footage shot primarily by Frenchman, Thierry Guetta, as he attempts to make a film chronicling street artists. When he finally catches up with Banksy, however, the film takes a twist as it turns out that Guetta isn't much of a filmmaker after all.

Banksy takes over creative duties and it becomes a movie about Guetta's own surprising success as a street artist, culminating in an exhibition that earns him plaudits from critics but not respect from the street artists he is so enamoured with.

As you would expect from a man who's spent his life pulling the wool over people's eyes, Exit is not a straight documentary. It blurs the line between the events on screen and the work behind the camera in a similar way to Charlie Kaufman's 'Adaptation'. It also has an element of the 1992 mockumentary 'Man Bites Dog' with Guetta (and by proxy, the audience) drawn into the illegal world of street art.

So, do you think Banksy is a genius or just a nuisance and are you planning on seeing 'Exit Through The Gift Shop' when it comes out? Take a look at the amusing trailer below, we particularly like the text at the beginning...