Our City Dreams
by Chiara Clemente, USA 2008, 85'
SCREENPLAY: Chiara Clemente   SHOOTING FORMAT: 16 mm, super 8, HDV
PHOTOGRAPHY: Theo Stanley  
SOUND: Thomas M. Lauderdale   PRODUCERS: Chiara Clemente, Tanya Selvaratnam, Bettina Sulser
MUSIC: Thomas M. Lauderdale  
EDITING: Martin Levenstein   PRODUCTION: Di San Luca Films Chiara Clemente

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film Presented at The Screen of the Arts 2008

Filmed over the course of two years, Our City Dreams is a journey through the lives and the places of five women: Swoon, Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith, Marina Abramovic, and Nancy Spero. These five artists speak about and expose theirselves while they are creating artworks, managing an exhibition, or visiting places linked to their art or life, New York City, El Cairo, Thailand, Paris, Venice. Their ideas, sensibilities, experiences emerge in the trustful relationship they have with the director, but also with the sixth character of the film, New York City. As the title suggests, the film is a vivid portrait of the real and imaginative relations between these women and the city, but, at the same time, a dream of the city itself. From different points of view, the artists unveil how New York City becomes a place not for stopping but for amplifying their art, giving them strenght and new challenges.

Chiara Clemente
Chiara Clemente’s work revolves around questions of identity and cultural contrast. The affinity for art can be traced back to her childhood, tiptoeing around paintings of her father, the artist Francesco Clemente. She began directing art documentaries in 2000 for Italian TV, developping more and more an intuitive and effective relationship between visual arts and cinema.


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