Lo Schermo Dell’Arte Film Festival. Films on Contemporary Art. 4th edition in Florence

Lo Schermo Dell’Arte Film Festival. Films on Contemporary Art. 4th edition in Florence

Lo Schermo dell’Arte

Film still from “Urs Fisher” by Iwan Schumacher, 2010.
November 17, 2011

Odeon Firenze

21–24 November 2011

Talk Show by Omer Fast
Multichannel installation
Cango-Cantieri Goldonetta Firenze
20 November–3 December 2011


The Cinema d’Artista program begins with Sarah Morris as its protagonist. On Nov. 21, the Festival’s opening night, she presents her films “Points on a Line” and “Chicago”, two metropolitan portaits characterized by a hybridization of image and sound, with music specifically composed by Liam Gillick. The cross-contamination of image and music plays a fundamental role in other artists’ films on the Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival’s program: “Alpi” by Armin Linke, a collage of emblematic images, sounds and situations from the complex alpine landscape; and “1395 Days Without Red” by Anri Sala, which takes us back to the dramatic days of the Siege of Sarajevo.

Also at Cinema Odeon, within the Sguardi section, feature-length films about the protagonists of the current art scene will be presented. Among them: “Gerhard Richter Painting” by Corinna Belz; “Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow” by Sophie Fiennes, about Anselm Kiefer; and “Urs Fischer” by Iwan Schumacker; “How Are You” by Jannick Splidsboel, about Scandinavian art duo Elmgreen & Dragset; “William Kentridge” by Susan Solinas and Charles Atlas; “Tinguely” by Thomas Thümena; and documentaries on stories from present and past, such as “The Treasure Cave” by Bahman Kiarostami, on the Teheran Museum of Contemporary Art; “The Desert of Forbidden Art” by Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev, on Russian collector Igor Savitsky; and “Art and Oligarchs” by Tania Rakhmanova, on the new super-rich Russian art patrons.

With Mobiles, the Festival begins a new program of exhibitions in places outside the cinema, in order to present works by major international artists who express themselves with moving images. From Nov. 20 to Dec. 3, at Cango-Cantieri Goldonetta, Israeli artist Omer Fast‘s video-installation “Talk Show” will be presented. The piece centers around the power of media and its relation to truth, and to the description and narration of reality.

Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival 2011 is further enriched by the Festival Talks program, opportunities for deepening knowledge. Encounters are scheduled with artists Omer Fast (November 20), Sarah Morris (November 21), Armin Linke (November 22).

Furthermore, on Thursday Nov. 24 at Cinema Odeon Firenze, the winner of the second Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival Prize 2011 will be announced. The Prize is awarded to sustain original, high-quality video production by young Italian artists in the video field. The prize-winning project will be produced in 2012 and premiered during the 5th Edition of the Festival. The 10 artists invited to participate (selected by Cecilia Alemani, Federica Bueti, Alfredo Cramerotti, Ilaria Gianni and Simone Menegoi) are: Alterazioni Video, Anna Franceschini, Riccardo Giacconi, Francesca Grilli, Christian Niccoli, Valerio Rocco Orlando, Giulio Squillacciotti, Santo Tolone, Luca Trevisani and Nico Vascellari.

The premiere of the film Ladies and Gentlemen, by Luca Bolognesi, follows at 9:30 p.m. The film won the first edition of the Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival Prize, in 2010. The young Ferrarese artist’s video presents itself as a promotional documentary on the major themes treated by Sir James Ephraim Lovelock, an independent scientist famous for developing the Gaia Theory, which suggests that Planet Earth is in fact a unique living super-organism.

Complete program and ticket information at: www.schermodellarte.org

Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival began in Florence in 2008. It is an original project, unique in Italy, directed by Silvia Lucchesi, and is among the very few festivals in the world, which deal specifically with the theme of the relationship between contemporary art and cinema.

Since its First Edition, the Festival has been included in the “50 giorni di Cinema Internazionale a Firenze” program organized by FST ‐ Mediateca Toscana Film Commission.

The Festival is supported by Regione Toscana  and by Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze.

Produced in collaboration with Cango Cantieri Goldonetta, Firenze; Centro d’Arte Contemporanea L. Pecci, Prato; CCC Strozzina, Firenze; Museo Marino Marini, Firenze.

The 4th Edition’s main sponsor is Ilaria Nistri; the other sponsors are Opinion Ciatti, Cecchi, Golden View Open Bar.

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