Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival: Midsummer Nights
II edition

2011 July 4, 11, 18, 25
Le Murate / Florence, piazza Le Murate Square
Starting at 9.00 pm

Free admission
All films are shown in original language, with subtitles in Italian. Headphones are available

A program of films by artists and documentaries about contemporary art curated by Leonardo Bigazzi. At the second edition, after straight Sold Out shows at the Altana delle Oblate (June 29 – July 2 2010) the series moves to the Murate, continuing the important collaboration between Lo Schermo dell’Arte and the Comune di Firenze after the success of “VideoLibrary” at EX3, Center of Contemporary Art of Florence (January 30/ April 21)

Some films of past editions of autumnal festival hold every year at Cinema Odeon will present again, as solicits more times by our audience. All films are shown in original language, with subtitles in Italian. The program will feature also this year encounters with curators and other contemporary art experts, to further explore the themes dealt with in the films and answer questions from the audience.

The project has been produced in collaboration with FST-Mediateca Toscana Film Commission

Introduction by Fabio e Paolo Gori, Collezione Gori, Celle

The Gates. Christo e Jeanne Claude
by Antonio Ferrera and Albert Maysles, Stati Uniti, 2007, 95’
In February, 2005, New York’s Central Park became the setting for the latest work produced by Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Gates, 7500 saffron-colored portals installed along the park’s paths, transforming its physiognomy and atmosphere. As with their other large-scale installations, the technical and bureaucratic difficulties, as well as the diverging opinions of the city’s residents, become an intergral part of the artwork. The piece exists in a social dimension, on several layers. In the case of The Gates, the ways in which people react to the park’s new aspect constitute the work’s deepest, essentially human sense. The film was shown in Florence as part of the 48th Festival dei Popoli.

Introduction by Silvia Lucchesi, director, Lo schermo dell’arte

Lobbyists
by Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, 2009, 19’
The video (which was among the Rome Prize winners of 2009), shot between Brussels and Strasbourg, explores the activities of “lobbyists” who seek to influence the legislative activities of the European Parliament. Castro & Ólafsson were the protagonists of Iceland’s Pavillion at the  Venice Biennial. In this film, a bona-fide documentary, they mix studies from historic sources with interviews and current film footage. The use of the soundtrack, which contains an original text by reporter Tamasin Cave, spoken by English actress Caroline Dalton and played by the Icelandic reggae group Hjálmar, is extraordinary.

The Anarchist Banker
by Jan Peter Hammer, 2010, 29’
Based on a story written by Fernando Pessoa in 1922, the film revisits the plot and dialogues in a contemporary key. Following the Financial Crash of 2008, a noted American banker and the Anchorman of a fictitious TV talk show confront each other in a subtle duel of logic and psychology set to investigate, through the figure of the banker, whether it’s possible to reconcile anarchy with a free market.

Le ceneri di Pasolini
by Alfredo Jaar, 2009, 38’
The figure of Pasolini, his life and his tragic death, are narrated by the Chilean artist in film documentary form, which interpolates footage shot by Jaar, sequences taken from Pasolini’s films, archival material and interviews, such as the famous one conducted by Enzo Biagi in 1972. Pasolini’s words, taken from several interviews and film documents, seem extraordinarily prophetic, in regard to the current social and political situation in Italy.

Introduction by Massimo Agus, Docent Professor of Photographic History and Technique,  Università degli Studi di Siena

The Woodmans
by C. Scott Willis, Stati Uniti, 2010, 82’
Awarded the Best New York Documentary Prize at the TriBeCa Film Festival 2010, The Woodmans follows the convolutions of the work and character of photographer Francesca Woodman and her artist family. C. Scott Willis reconstructs the profile of the artist, who died at only 22, alternating film clips, photographs and precious excerpts from her diary with interviews with her mother Betty, her father George and her brother Charles.

Introduction by Jacopo Antolini, director of the Modern & Contemporary Dept., Pandolfini Casa d’Aste, Firenze

Chine, Empire de l’Art?
by Emma Tassy and Sheng Zhimin, Francia, 2009, 52’
During the last 20 years, the Chinese art scene has undergone profound changes. Chinese artists have achieved incredible fame and their works command stratospheric prieces. The fimlm traces the events leading up to this rise, analyzing the historic, economic and cultural events that set it in motion, with particular regard to the Underground figures who emerged in the 80s and 90s, the identities of current artists and the prospects of the new generations.

Cultivating the Desert. Instant Culture in an Arabian Wonderland
by Michael Krass, Paesi Bassi, 2007, 52’
Through its portrayals of various local and foreign professionals, the film offers a look at the emerging Middle Eastern scene of Dubai, and questions the potential of art and its role in the context of a vivid, often contradictory reality.