Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow

Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
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Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
United Kingdom, 2010, 98 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France / The Netherlands
US Premiere
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary
Program: True Stories
Language: French, German, English English Sub-Titles


An art film in the literal sense of the term, English director Sophie Fiennes' glorious-looking Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow shows renowned German artist Anselm Kiefer at work at La Ribaute, his sprawling estate in the south of France, where, during the first decade of the 21st century, he began constructing a series of elaborate, large-scale installations. Without narration apart from an opening title card, this meditative documentary offers much for contemplation.Earth-colored and covered in debris, Kiefer's lead-and-concrete sculptures seem as organic as the Roman ruins that dot that area of Languedoc.

The film illustrates the enormous complexity of fabricating work on Kiefer's monumental scale. In his vast white-walled studio from a perch atop an industrial-sized paint can, he directs as many as six assistants, taking the definition of artist into the realm of architect and engineer. In addition to lovingly filming the artist’s oeuvre, Fiennes keenly observes his raw materials (lead, concrete, ash, acid, earth, glass, gold) and tools (including blowtorches, brushes, brooms, bulldozers and incinerators), to construct her own piece of cinematic art.

DIRECTOR: Sophie Fiennes
Producer: Kees Kasander, Emilie Blezat, Sophie Fiennes
Editor: Ethel Shepherd
Cinematographer: Remko Schnorr
Music: Gyorgy Ligeti, Jorg Widmann.
Principal Cast: Anselm Kiefer, Klaus Dermutz
Filmography: Lars From 1 – 10 (1998), The Late Michael Clark (2000), Because I Sing (2001), Hoover Street Revival (2003), The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (2006)
Print Source: Arthouse Films - www.arthousefilmsonline.com

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