Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival 6th Edition
The 6th edition of the Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival will be held in Florence from November 13-17, and features a rich program of films by artists, documentaries, workshops and encounters that tell the story of contemporary art through cinema.
Directed by Silvia Lucchesi, the Festival will show 25 documentaries and films by artists from around the world, with 16 Italian premieres, carefully selected from the best recent productions. They’ll all be screened at Cinema Odeon. The Festival expands throughout the city this year; encounters and events will also be held in several of the major cultural and contemporary art institutions in the area: l’Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, il Rettorato dell’Università di Firenze, il Museo Marino Marini, Villa Romana, il Centro per la Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, il Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea L. Pecci di Prato.
Among the Festival’s many guests, are: Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, famous for his sophisticated black-and-white images, just back from his successful traditional theater show Sonezaki Shinju, which he produced and directed, he’s the protagonist of a film that analyzes the themes of his research; British artist Simon Starling, winner of the 2005 Turner Prize, with the Italian premiere Black Drop, his latest cinematographic work, inwhich he reconstructs the links between astronomic research and the origins of cinema, narrating the observations of rare crossings of Venus and the sun; Albanian artist Adrian Paci, with The Column, filmed aboard a cargo ship; Lithuanian sculptor and film-maker Deimantas Narkevicius protagonist of a one-man show at the Museo Marino Marini, Florence; Alain Fleischer, director and founder of the contemporary art center Le Fresnoy,in Tourcoing, with the film he shot in the Atelier Brancusi, in Paris.
Contemporary art is strictly linked to its own time, and the program’s films deal with themes ranging from politics to the contradictions of society to the hidden meanings within artistic creation: the accusatory power and significance of photographer’s images–war correspondents or artists such as Letizia Battaglia and Alfredo Jaar, who call attention to the world’s miseries (DANS UN OCÉAN D’IMAGES); violence against women (THE BRIDE), a story of the journey undertaken by Milanese artist Pippa Bacca (a niece of Piero Manzoni) to produce her performance Brides on Tour, she was raped and murdered on the way to Istanbul; the close relationship between artist and director in the extraordinary documentary by Mitra Farahani on the Iranian sculptor and painter Bahman Mohassess (FIFI. HOWLS FOR HAPPINES); art as social project in the film INSIDE OUT: THE PEOPLE’S ART PROJECT.
Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival
November 13 – 17, 2013