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

This is a programme of documentaries on contemporary art and its protagonists. Already in its Third Edition (all last summer’s shows Sold Out), the series hopes to continue as one of the most popular appoinments of Estate Fiorentina, continuing in its collaboration with Schermo dell’Arte and Comune di Firenze.

Curated by Leonardo Bigazzi, the programme for Estate Fiorentina 2012 consists entirely of documentaries, four  films that tell the stories of men and women who’ve devoted their lives to the love and conservation of art.

All films are in original language, with Italian subtitles; audio headphones available at all screenings. The project was organized in collaboration withFST-Mediateca Toscana Film Commission, and with the contribution of the design brand  Opinion Ciatti.

2012 July 2, 9, 16, 23
Le Murate / Florence, Le Murate Square
starting at 9.30 pm

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

Monday, July 2 – 9.30 pm
Herb & Dorothy
by Megumi Sasaki, USA, 2009, 87’
The film tells the incredible story of how a simple postal worker, Herbert Vogel, and his wife Dorothy, a librarian, managed to put together one of the most important contemporary art collections in the USA, which comprises over 2,000 pieces and has been valued at several million dollars. In a world where economic value often takes precedence over artistic merit, their story shows how vision and instinct are still more important than money.

Monday, July 9 – 9.30 pm
The Art of the Steal
by Don Argott, USA, 2009, 101’
In 1922, Dr. Albert C. Barnes created a Foundation to promote the fundamental vaules of art through the study and conservation of his extraordinary collection of works from the 19th and 20th centuries. The film reconstructs, through many interviews and documents, how a small number of people have systematically tried to gain control of the Foundation and re-locate Barnes’ collection, valued at over 25 billion dollars, to a new museum building in downtown Philadelphia.

Monday, July 16 – 9.30 pm
How to Make a Book with Steidl
by Jörg Adolph and Gereon Wetzel, Germany 2010, 88′
Gherard Steidl is one of the most important publishers to specialize in books about art, photography and fashion. The film is a portrait of an understated man, passionate about his work, a publisher who’s won international praise for his ability in joining the artistic and artisanal to such a high degree in his books’ appearance that they themselves become works of art.

Monday, July 23 – 9.30 pm
The Desert of Forbidden Art
by Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev, Russian Federation, USA, Uzbekistan 2010, 80′
Gherard Steidl is one of the most important publishers to specialize in books about art, photography and fashion. The film is a portrait of an understated man, passionate about his work, a publisher who’s won international praise for his ability in joining the artistic and artisanal to such a high degree in his books’ appearance that they themselves become works of art.