Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival present at Cinema La Compagnia

Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival, between January and March 2017, present at Cinema La Compagnia 3 films from the 9th edition of the festival: Hockney, Don’t Blink Robert Frank, Eva Hesse.
[tab title=”INFORMATIONS”]Florence, January – March 2017
Cinema La Compagnia
Via Cavour 50R
Orginal version (English) with Italian Subtitles
Tickets 6€full price | 5€ reduced
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[accordion-item title=”January 2017″]
[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=205&lingua=ENG&nochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]Hockney[/button] by Randall Wright, UK, 2014, 112′
Tuesday 24, 9.00 pm
Wednesday 25, 5.00 pm
Saturday 28, 6.30 pm
Sunday 29, 7.00 pm
Monday 30, 5.00 pm
Tuesday 31, 9.00 pm

[accordion-item title=”February 2017″]
[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=202&lingua=ENG&nochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]Don’t Blink Robert Frank[/button]by Laura Israel, USA, 2015, 82’
Tuesday 7, 9.00 pm
Thursday 9, 7.00 pm
Friday 10, 4.30 pm
Saturday 11, 6.30 pm
Sunday 12, 9.00 pm

[accordion-item title=”March 2017″]
[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=203&lingua=ENG&nochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]Eva Hesse[/button]by Marcie Begleiter, USA, Germany, 2016, 108’
Tuesday 7, 9.00 pm
Thursday 9, 7.00 pm
Friday 10, 4.30 pm
Saturday 11, 6.30 pm
Sunday 12, 9.00 pm

Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival presenta al Cinema La Compagnia, 2020


Lo schermo dell’arte presenta al Cinema La Compagnia tre documentari della XXII edizione del festival: Making Manifesto, Olafur Eliasson: Miracles of Rare Devices, Nelson – Jorit e il condominio dei diritti.

Tre titoli che raccontano lo studio e la ricerca, ma anche il lavoro manuale, che portano alla realizzazione di un’opera (e della sua esposizione), mostrandovi il processo creativo come non lo avete mai immaginato.


Firenze, gennaio 2020
Cinema La Compagnia
Via Cavour 50R
Versione in lingua originale (inglese) con sottotitoli in italiano
Ingresso (3 film): 6€ intero | 5€ ridotto


10 gennaio 2020
Making Manifesto

di Christian Pirjol, Germania, 2018, 37′

Olafur Eliasson: Miracles of Rare Device

di Alan Yentob, Gran Bretagna, 2019, 61′

Nelson, Jorit e il condominio dei diritti

di Omar Rashid, Italia, 2019, 32′

Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival. Notti di mezza estate
7th edition

A program of art films and documentaries dedicated to contemporary art and its protagonists. This year the program will be focused on artists that in these years have been or will be part of important exhibition and projects for the city of Florence: Jeff Koons, Jan Fabre e Erwin Wurm.
The program is curated by Leonardo Bigazzi

The project is realized within the Estate Fiorentina 2016 and part of the film festival “Apriti Cinema” organized by Quelli della Compagnia di FST – Fondazione Sistema Toscana for the Comune di Firenze.

Piazza Santissima Annunziata, Florence
June 20 and July 4, 2016, h. 9.30 pm

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


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[mini-icon icon=”time”] Monday, June 20, h. 9.30 pm
[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=106&lingua=ENG&nochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]Erwin Wurm. The Artist Who Swallowed The World [/button]
di Laurin Merz, Austria/Switzerland/Germany, 2012, 52′

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[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=75&lingua=ENG&nochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]Jan Fabre au Louvre [/button]
by Wannes Peremans, Belgium, 2008, 48’
on occasion of the exhibition Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards

[mini-icon icon=”time”] Monday, 4 July, h. 9.30 pm
[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=197&lingua=ENG&nochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]Jeff Koons: Diary of a Seducer [/button]
by Jill Nicholls, UK, 2015, 74’
Florence’s premiere



Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival. Notti di mezza estate
6th edition

A series of art films and documentaries dedicated to contemporary art and its protagonists. The films in this year’s program tell of projects and works by artists who make interaction with public spaces a central theme of their artistic practice. The political and social implications of their actions, the dialogue with the urban space and the landscape, and the complex interactions with a large and diverse audience are all factors which these artists have chosen to confront, subverting schemes of all-too-often over-self-referential artistic institutional contexts.
The program is curated by Leonardo Bigazzi

The project is realized within the Estate Fiorentina 2015 organized by Comune di Firenze. In collaboration with FST-Mediateca Toscana Film Commission, and thanks to the contribution of ottod’Ame.

Dan Deacon performs at the Oakland Happening in Station to Station.

Piazza Santissima Annunziata, Florence
June 29, July 6, 13 and 20 2015

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


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[mini-icon icon=”time”] Monday June 29, 9.30 pm
Banksy Does New York
by Chris Moukarbel, USA, 2014, 80’
In October 2013, famous street artist Banksy created a residential project that involved producing a work a day on the streets of New York. With graffiti, sculptures, performances and spectacular actions, Banksy’s public art project involved thousands of people, and generated an extensive “treasure hunt” in the city, before many of the works were destroyed or removed to be sold without authorization. Chris Moukarbel followed the artist’s interventions, from the Lower East Side to Staten Island, from Williamsburg to Willets Point, and recorded the audience’s reactions, interviewing and listening to the views of ordinary people and those who in various ways are involved in the social and cultural life of the city. Banksy’s project is a collective invitation to take part in a shared experience, and at the same time to open a fierce critique of the capitalist system and the hypocrisy of the contemporary art world.

[mini-icon icon=”time”] Monday July 6, 9.30 pm
De larges détails. Sur les traces de Francis Alys
by Julien Devaux, French/Belgium, 2006, 55’
A striking portrait of Franco-Belgian Francis Alÿs, who currently lives and works in Mexico City. An artist and cosmopolitan flaneur in various disciplines, a tireless wanderer and crosser of spaces, he uses a wide variety of materials and ideas in his work. Through the eye of the camera, we follow him in the throes of action, video, installations and urban interventions from Mexico City to London, from Lima to Berlin. Collectors, friends, employees try to tell us who he is. In the awareness of “being nothing and not wanting to become anything,” his art, suspended between restlessness and weight, is a constant challenge to the banality and conformity of the eye, an attempt to reveal the importance of the details of life that build a sense of self. Julien Devaux, following the wandering artist’s trail, outlines a journey to discover places and people. This course becomes a metaphor of what producing art means to Francis Alÿs: to explore boundaries, seize events and happenings, make it possible for the process of ideas and thoughts behind the work to become active, and trigger something in the world by showing yourself to others.

[mini-icon icon=”time”] Monday July 13, 9.30 pm
The films will be presented by the director, Francesco Fei, along with Sergio Risaliti and Arabella Natalini, curators of the shows by Gormley and Penone at Forte Belvedere

Prospettiva vegetale
by Francesco Fei, Italy, 2014, 20’
Produced for Giuseppe Penone’s solo exhibition at Fort Belvedere and the Boboli Gardens in Florence, the film follows the artist during its installation, and offers insight about his work and the complex operations required to stage the show. Originated from the artist’s continuous reflection on the concept of sculpture, and his deep understanding of memory and the identity of the places for which they’re intended, Penone’s works generate a dialogue with the space and with the nature of intimate relationships and corresponding materials. The film had its international premiere in March this year at the Festival International du Film sur l’Art (FIFA) in Montréal.

Antony Gormley and the 4th Plinth
by John Wyver, UK, 2009, 48’
Antony Gormley’s works are full of restlessness and poetry. His fragile Installation Field won him the Turner Prize in 1994; his Angel of The North, a monumental outdoor sculpture, is among the most popular in Britain. From his London studio, the artist presents the One & Other project which, in the summer of 2009, transformed Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth into a kind of magic pedestal. Prepared in 1841 to host an equestrian statue which was never made, the plinth has been used to house temporary sculptures since the end of the 1990s. The prestigious program has engaged important international artists such as Marc Quinn, Thomas Schütte, and Yinka Shonibare. Revisiting the tradition of Speaker’s Corner, Gormley created the most eclectic, diverse and democratic portrait of the UK ever. Over the web, he recruited over 2,400 volunteers from all over the country. For one hundred days, for one hour each, they all had the opportunity to turn themselves into living sculptures.
The film is presented in conjunction with the exhibition of Antony Gormley/Human, at Forte di Belvedere, sponsored by the city and organized by MUS.E. 

[mini-icon icon=”time”] Monday July 20, 9.30 pm
Station to Station

by Doug Aitken, USA, 2014, 71′
This first feature film by American artist Doug Aitken won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1999. The film follows a 4,000 mile journey, from New York to San Francisco, on a train designed as a “kinetic light sculpture”. 62 portraits, 1 minute each, recount the travel experience of a creative community, with happenings, impromptu concerts and site-specific interventions along the way. Friends and colleagues, including artists Lawrence Weiner, Olafur Eliasson, Urs Fischer, Christian Jankowski, Ed Ruscha; musicians No Age, Giorgio Moroder, Patti Smith, and Beck, to name a few. The film explores the infinite languages of contemporary creativity, and the very meaning of making art. Station to Station is a live project in continuous evolution that explores the various forms of creativity. From June 27 to July 26 the project will take the stage at the Barbican Centre in London, where happenings will happen for 30 consecutive days. The film Station to Station is distributed in Italy by Wanted and the art Screen Film Festival.


Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival: Midsummer Nights
1st edition

[tab title=”INFORMATIONS”]2010 June 29 / July 2
Terrace of the Biblioteca delle Oblate
Firenze, via dell’Oriuolo 26
From 9 pm till 11.30 pm

After the major success scored last winter at the Cinema Odeon during the “50 Days of International Cinema” event, Lo Schermo dell’Arte returns with “Midsummer Nights”—a film program dedicated to contemporary arts, curated by Leonardo Bigazzi—which will be held from June 29 to July 2 on the terrace of the Biblioteca delle Oblate.

The films, with Italian subtitles, have rarely been seen in Italy. So this is a precious chance to deepen one’s knowledge of current art themes, hear the voices of its protagonists, and watch some of the major figures of the international contemporary arts scene at work, including Matthew Barney, Maurizio Cattelan, Kiki Smith, Bill Viola and Gianni Berengo Gardin.

Moreover, the program is scheduled to include encounters with artists, directors, curators and other experts on contemporary arts, who will present the films and answer questions from the audience.

[tab title=”PROGRAM”][accordion open=”1″][accordion-item title=”Tuesday, June 29″]Introduzione di Valentina Valentini, docente di Teoriche dell’immagine elettronica per lo spettacolo, DISAS, Università “La Sapienza”, Roma. A seguire:

Bill Viola. The Eye of the Heart
di Mark Kidel, Gran Bretagna 2003, 59′
Senza dubbio il più famoso video artista del mondo, Viola ci guida nel suo universo visuale tra preziosi materiali d’archivio e backstage di alcune delle sue opere.

The Body as Matrix. Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cicle
di Maria Anna Tappeiner, Germania 2002, 47’
Matthew Barney si è imposto all’attenzione della scena artistica internazionale attraverso l’uso di un linguaggio originalissimo di cui Cremaster, un ciclo di cinque film realizzati nell’arco di 10 anni a partire dal 1994, rappresenta la massima espressione. Il film è un’occasione per penetrare nell’universo dell’artista americano attraverso interviste e sequenze tratte dai suoi film.

[accordion-item title=”Wednesday, June 30″]Introduzione di Lorenzo Giusti, curatore e storico dell’Arte. A seguire:

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di Lorenzo Fonda, Italia 2008, 55’
Originale diario del viaggio di formazione e di scoperta intrapreso alla fine del 2006 dal noto street artist Blu con gli amici Silvia Siberini (Sibe) e Ivan Merlo, attraverso cinque paesi dell’America Latina.

Art Safari: Maurizio Cattelan
di Ben Lewis, Gran Bretagna 2005, 26’
Cattelan non concede mai interviste e quando lo fa dichiara apertamente di mentire.
Nel film parlano in sua vece Massimiliano Gioni, critico e curatore, galleristi e collezionisti delle sue opere, spesso divenuti parti di esse in lavori che combinano scultura e performance.

[accordion-item title=”Thursday, July 1″]Introduzione di Daniela De Lorenzo, artista, e Silvia Lucchesi, storica dell’arte e curatore. A seguire:

[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=46&lingua=ENG&nochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]Our City Dreams[/button]
di Chiara Clemente, Stati Uniti 2008, 85’
Questo pluripremiato film segue e racconta cinque celebri artiste che hanno scelto la città di New York come luogo del proprio lavoro: Swoon, Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith, Marina Abramovic, Nancy Spero riuscendo a cogliere la straordinarietà delle loro vite.
Una riflessione sulla forza artistica dell’esperienza umana nel rapporto con un luogo.

[accordion-item title=”Friday, July 1″]Introduzione di Giampiero D’angeli, regista, e Massimo Agus, docente di Storia e Tecnica della Fotografia, Università degli Studi di Siena. A seguire:

Mimmo Jodice
di Giampiero D’Angeli, Italia 2009, 53’
Mimmo Jodice parla del proprio lavoro cercando nei luoghi più suggestivi della sua Napoli le origini della civiltà mediterranea. Il tempo non esiste più, i resti archeologici, gli antichi volti scolpiti nella pietra e il mare sono i soggetti che ispirano le sue immagini.

Gianni Berengo Gardin
di Giampiero D’Angeli, Italia 2008, 55’
Gianni Berengo Gardin riparte dalla sua Venezia e rievoca i momenti vissuti e i suoi tanti reportages, come quelli sugli ospedali psichiatrici, il movimento del 1968, gli zingari. Sempre con profondo rispetto e mettendo sullo stesso piano l’occhio, il cuore e la mente, secondo l’insegnamento di Henri Cartier-Bresson.

[tab title=”SUPPORTERS”]Notti di mezza estate è incluso nella manifestazione
Firenze Estate 2010

Realizzata e promossa da
Comune di Firenze

Il programma è stato reso possibile anche grazie al sostegno di

E alla collaborazione con

  • Cooperativa Archeologia
  • FST-Mediateca Toscana Film Commission
  • EX3 Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea
  • Festival dei Popoli


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

[tab title=”INFORMATIONS”]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[/tab]

[tab title=”PROGRAM”][accordion open=”1″][accordion-item title=”Monday, July 4″]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.

[accordion-item title=”Monday, July 11″]Introduction by Silvia Lucchesi, director, Lo schermo dell’arte

[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=30&lingua=ENG&nochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]Lobbyists[/button]
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.

[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=35&lingua=ENG&nochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]The Anarchist Banker[/button]
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.

[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=19&lingua=ENG&nochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]Le ceneri di Pasolini[/button]
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.

[accordion-item title=”Monday, July 18″]Introduction by Massimo Agus, Docent Professor of Photographic History and Technique,  Università degli Studi di Siena

[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=36&lingua=ENG&nochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]The Woodmans[/button]
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.

[accordion-item title=”Monday, July 25″]Introduction by Jacopo Antolini, director of the Modern & Contemporary Dept., Pandolfini Casa d’Aste, Firenze

[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=26&lingua=ENG&nochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]Chine, Empire de l’Art?[/button]
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.

[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=14&lingua=ENG&nochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]Cultivating the Desert. Instant Culture in an Arabian Wonderland[/button]
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.

Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival: Notti di Mezza Estate
4th edition

Curated by Leonardo Bigazzi.

The programme for the Estate Fiorentina 2013 is dedicated to documentary cinema. The four films tell artist and architect’s visions and progects that have been able to challenge political regimes and big multinational corporations, or, simply, the rigid systems and conventions of the art world. As in the last edition it will be screen a premiere as well as films from the archive of Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival.

In collaboration with FST-Mediateca Toscana Film Commission and with the contribution of Opinion Ciatti design brand.

Open-air Cinema in Piazza SS. Annunziata, Florence
July 8, 15, 22 e 29, 2013

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[mini-icon icon=”time”] Monday July 8 at 9:30pm
[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=101&lingua=ENG&nochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]The Yes Men Fix the World[/button]
by Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno and Kurt Engfehr, UK, USA, France, 2009, 87′
Florence premiere.

[mini-icon icon=”time”] Monday July 15 at 9:30pm
[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=28&lingua=ENG&nochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child[/button]
by Tamra Davis, USA 2010 90

[mini-icon icon=”time”] Monday July 22 at 9:30pm
[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=98&lingua=ENG&nochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]Unfinished Spaces[/button]
by Alysa Nahmias, Benjamin Murray, Cuba, USA, 2011, 86′

[mini-icon icon=”time”] Monday July 29 at 9:30pm
[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=79&lingua=ENG&nochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]Ai Weiwei Never Sorry[/button]
by Alison Klayman, USA, 2012, 90′


Lo schermo dell’arte for Secret Florence VI edition

Lo schermo dell’arte partecipa alla sesta edizione di Secret Florence, progetto speciale dell’Estate Fiorentina 2021 promosso dal Comune di Firenze, presentando al Cinema La Compagnia la versione rimasterizzata in 4K di un film cult del genere biopic ambientato nella swinging London della fine degli anni Sessanta e inizio Settanta: A Bigger Splash (1974) di Jack Hazan.
Tra documentario e fiction, è la biografia dell’artista britannico David Hockney nel quale gli attori e lo stesso Hockney re-interpretano se stessi e le vicende vissute dalla cerchia di amici intorno al pittore. Vi si narra, ad esempio, la realizzazione di note opere dell’artista quali Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) e la fine dell’intensa e travagliata relazione con Peter Schlesinger, partner, assistente e musa del pittore. Vi appaiono, tra gli altri gli stilisti Celia Birtwell e Ossie Clark, il gallerista John Kasmin e il curatore Henry Geldzahler.

June 10, at 8:30 PM
Cinema La Compagnia
Via Cavour 50 / R

Original language with Italian subtitles

A Bigger Splash

by Jack Hazan
Great Britain, 1974, 105′
Original language with Italian subtitles
Cult film set in the swinging London of the late ’60s. It is the biography of British artist David Hockney interpreted by himself and his circle of friends. On its release, it caused a scandal because of explicit homosexual sex scenes.

Secret Florence, a strategic project of the Estate Fiorentina, presents its sixth edition, after the special edition at Parco delle Cascine last year.
The project is realised by the five realities of international scope active in the City of Florence, Lo schermo dell’arte, Fabbrica Europa, Musicus Concentus, Tempo Reale, and Virgilio Sieni.


Until capacity is reached: – reservations: info@cinemalacompagnia.it

In compliance with the precautionary measures taken by the authorities, seats will be numbered, distanced and pre-allocated.
If indicated by email at the time of reservations, it will be possible to sit next to one’s relatives in groups of two or three people.

Special thanks to Il Cinema Ritrovato for the collaboration.


Lo Schermo dell’arte Film Festival
at Expo Art Week di Chicago

Saturday, September 24th | 1:00pm
Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago

by Luca Trevisani, 2016, 15’

[button link=”http://www.schermodellarte.org/scheda_film.php?id=19&&lingua=ENGnochiudi=1?iframe=true&width=800&height=600″ size=”small” target=”_blank” style=”light” lightbox=”true” color=”white”]Le ceneri di Pasolini[/button]
by Alfredo Jaar, 2009, 38′

EXPO ARTE WEEK has invited Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival that debut in the USA with a screening programme: world premiere Sudan (2016) by Luca Trevisani and The Ashes of Pasolini (2009) by Alfredo Jaar.

The artist Luca Trevisani and Silvia Lucchesi, director of the Lo Schermo dell’Arte film festival, will be present for audience discussion.

The Ashes of Pasolini pays tribute to the poet-filmmaker in the totality of his engagement as a political activist and an artist. Artist, architect, and filmmaker Jaar brings a keen awareness of the leftist political philosophy that informed Pasolini’s work in this moving account of his life and death, inspired by Pasolini’s own poem, “The Ashes of Gramsci.”
Preceded by the world premiere of artist Luca Trevisani’s Sudan an intimate portrait of the last known Northern White Rhino, kept in captivity under armed guard in a Nairobi wildlife park. Trevisani organized efforts by a group of artists to document the endangered animal whose species has long been hunted for its horn, prized in some cultures for claimed curative and magical properties.

The screenings are presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute.

Expo Art Week
Gene Siskel Film Center
of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
164 N. State Street | Chicago, IL 60601

Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival for Secret Florence

June 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm
Cinema La Compagnia
Via Cavour 50 / R

Original language with Italian subtitles 
Free admission until full capacity, booking compulsory
Bookings: info@cinemalacompagnia.it

Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival takes part in the fourth edition of Secret Florence and presents a preview of Diamantino, by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, on Monday the 10th of June at 9:00 pm at Cinema La Compagnia. The film, already winner of 2018 Cannes Semaine de la Critique, is an ironic and surreal commedy on the highly topical matters of immigration and nationalist politics, that tells the story of a world-renowned but quite dumb soccer player, his two cynic sisters, scientific experiments, the secret service and a love story.
Diamantino will be out in Italian cinemas the 22nd of August distributed by I Wonder Pictures.

Diamantino. Il calciatore più forte del mondo

by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt
Brasil, France, Portugal, 2018, 92′
Portuguese language with Italian subtitles

Secret Florence is an artistic project for Estate Fiorentina 2019, supported by Pitti Immagine and it’s part of the “Programma Speciale Fiere Pitti Immagine 2019” (Special Fair Programme at Pitti Immagine 2019) promoted by the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana (Florence Centre for Italian Fashion) and realised thanks to the contribution of MISE (Ministero Sviluppo Economico – Ministry for Economical Development) and Agenzia Ice as part of the general support project for Italian fairs and the Made in Italy brand.


Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival. Notti di mezza estate
5th edition

Curated by Leonardo Bigazzi

This is a programme of documentaries on contemporary art and its protagonists. This year’s program is dedicated to self-teaching artists – the so-called ‘outsiders’ – who ignore the dynamics of the global system of contemporary art. Almost always discovered by chance, sometimes even after their death, they are mostly characterized by obsessive elements, yet extremely poetic. In a world where too often the art canons are established through economic speculations, these artists’ works offer the deepest and most authentic reasons of artmaking.

The project is realized within the Estate Fiorentina 2014 organized by Comune di Firenze. In collaboration with FST-Mediateca Toscana Film Commission.

Open-air Cinema in Piazza SS. Annunziata, Florence
July 7, 14, 21, 28

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

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[mini-icon icon=”time”] Monday, July 7 – 9.30 pm
Finding Vivian Maier
by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, USA 2013, 84’
With the same avidity with which she collected objects of all kinds and newspaper fragments, with her Rolleiflex always around her neck, Vivian Maier produced thousands of photographs, including numerous portraits and self-portraits However, until John Maloof bought an anonymous box at a Chicago auction filled with her old negatives, all that was known about her was that she worked as an au pair for several of the city’s prominent families. The documentary investigates the mysterious photographer’s story, starting with the astounding discovery that led to the posthumous recognition of her work in the area of street photography.

[mini-icon icon=”time”] Monday, July 14 – 9.30 pm
Turning the Art World Inside Out
by Jack Cocker, UK, 2013, 70′
Beginning with the Biennale di Venezia curated in 2013 by Massimiliano Gioni, this documentary reconstructs the history and fortunes of so-called “outsider art”: from the formation of Jean Dubuffet’s Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne till the more recent birth of institutions such as the Museum of Everything. In an attempt to define the plurality of experiences behind this lone label, the creative director of the BBC ventured into production centers, galleries and private studios to meet the fascinating protagonists of this parallel creative universe, which appears increasingly integrated into the official art system.

[mini-icon icon=”time”] Monday, July 21 – 9.30 pm
by Nataša von Kopp, Germany/Czech Republic, 2007, 76’
Introduction by Guido Costa, Italian gallerist of Miroslav Tichy
Miroslav Tichy never concerned himself with the things of the world, or about the belated international success garnered by his photographic work, which was produced with rudimentary cameras and largely devoted to the women of his city. Unpopular with many, due to his extravagant character and appearance, imprisoned many times for being considered a rebel under the communist regime, Nataša von Kopp filmed him as an old man at his home in Kyjov (Czech Republic), where the solitude of his existence is only interrupted by occasional visits from his few friends, or by the occasional tenacious curator or gallerist.

[mini-icon icon=”time”] Monday, July 28 – 9.30 pm
by Jeff Malmberg, USA 2010, 83′
Marwencol is the name of the toy-village situated in WW2 Europe which Mark Hogancamp created in the garden of his home in order to get over the psychophysical traumas he suffered after being attacked by a gang of oaves. Gulliverian creator of the romantic and cruel adventures of this small world – where Barbies and toy soldiers stand in for himself, his relatives and friends – Hogancamp is also its extraordinary photojournalist. When his pictures win a place in a New York gallery, the self-therapy generated by Marwencol shows itself to be a real art form.

Lo scherzo dell’arte
curated by Roberto Fassone and Kasia Fudakowski

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November 15 – 17, 2019
from 7:00 pm until closing time

Lo scherzo dell’arte is a parasitic short film festival curated by artists Roberto Fassone and Kasia Fudakowski, featuring the works of Julian Rosefeldt and Piero Steinle, Pilvi Takala, Lukas Geronimas and David Horvitz, Martin Skauen (Slideshow Johnny), Marie von Heyl, Kasia Fudakowski and Roberto Fassone.
The festival focuses on the role of humor and comedy in contemporary art,  featuring seven short videos, each exploring mimicry, repetition, play and trickery in unique and unexpected ways. Displayed in an unconventional presentation, namely on a screen held by either Fassone or Fudakowski while wearing a tent-like costume, the festival serves up a personal experience for the viewer while reinforcing the comic structure of the project.

Guido by Roberto Fassone, 2016, 1’
Broken Tv and/or DVD Player by Kasia Fudakowski, 2015, 3’
L.M.F.A.O. by Marie von Heyl, 2014, 1’45”
Pinocchio Taken Down by Security by Lukas Geronimas and David Horvitz, 2008, 0’44”
News (Excerpt 1) by Julian Rosefeldt and Piero Steinle, 1998, 1’
Mother by Martin Skauen, 2012, 3’19”
Real Snow-White (excerpt) by Pilvi Takala, 2009, 3’26”

[tab title=”INFO”]November 15 – 17, 2019
from 7:00 pm until closing time
Foyer del Cinema La Compagnia
Via Cavour 50r, Firenze
Free entrance

Marina Abramović. The Artist is Present

Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival and Odeon Firenze present the Italian Premiere of the film Marina Abramović. The Artist is Present by Matthew Akers, USA, 2012, 106’

  • Interview to Marina Abramović
    by Fulvio Paloscia, realized at PAC/Milan on March 13, 2012 in the occasion of the preparation of the exhibition “The Abramovic Method”


Thursday March 22, 2012 – 8.30 pm
Odeon Firenze, Piazza Strozzi

Original language / with Italian subtitles

On Thursday March 22, Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival and Cinema Odeon Firenze will present the Italian Premiere of the film Marina Abramović. The Artist is Present by Matthew Akers (USA, 2012, 106′), an extraordinary portrait of an iconic woman artist of the last 40 years, international master of performance art, Leone d’Oro at the Venice Biennial, 1997.

The film shows preparations for the most important moment of her career, the retrospective presented by MoMA New York in 2010.
In the middle of a square of light in the museum’s atrium, for 7 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 3 months, Marina Abramović silently graced whoever felt like sitting before her with her presence, while in the exhibition spaces 30 young performers re-executed several of her historic actions.

The film, that won the “Panorama Audience Award” at the 62nd International Cinema Festival in Berlin, 2012, is co-produced and distributed in Italy by GA&A and Feltrinelli Real Cinema.
It will be presented on March 22 as an Italian premiere at Odeon Cinema in Florence and at Cinema Apollo in Milan, on the occasion of the exhibition Marina Abramović. The Abramović Method which will be shown at PAC Milano from March 21 (curated by Diego Sileo and Eugenio Viola) until June 10.


Marina Abramović. The Artist is Present takes us live to the most recent effort by Marina Abramović, international performance master, who won the Leone d’Oro at the Biennale di Venezia in 1997, and has made time the fulcrum of her art.

In the middle of a square of light in the museum’s atrium, for 7 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 3 months, Marina Abramović silently graced whoever felt like sitting before her with her presence, while in the exhibition spaces 30 young performers re-executed several of her historic actions. If the footage of the artist’s face places the viewer directly in the center of the performative situation, the footage shot during the long preparation for the show and the workshops with the young artists to whom she entrusted her past works restores several fundamental aspects of her working methods and her own life: the importance of methodical preparation and the rigorous practice of concentration, listening, silence, to prepare oneself physically and mentally to create and experience emotion. Strongly committed to her personal research in the recognition and management of performance art, whether with an historic view, in pieces such as Seven Easy Pieces (2005), or with regard to the future, such as the plans for a Center dedicated to Performance Art. At 63, at the high point of her career “Lady Performance” faces the present with awareness, profundity, irony, allowing certain images and presences to rise to the surface, including Ulay (Frank Uwe Laysiepen), who for 12 years symbiotically shared her artwork and her daily life.

The meeting of their gazes, their finding themselves one in front of the other again, at the proper distance after their long separation, becomes one of the film’s most touching moments. The film won the “Panorama Audience Award” at the 62nd International Cinema Festival in Berlin, 2012.

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Masters of photography on the big screen

Program of documentary films dedicated to great masters of photography organized by Fondazione Fotografia di Modena in collaboration with Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival


October, 5th – December, 21th 2014
Foro Boario
via Bono da Nonantola, 2

Fondazione Fotografia Modena

All films are shown in original language, with Italian subtitles


Sunday, October 5th at 5pm

Viaggio in Italia. I fotografi vent’anni dopo
by Maurizio Magri, Italy, 2004, 60’

Sunday, October 26th at 5pm

Andreas Gursky: Long Shot Close Up
by Jan Schmidt-Garre, Germany, 2009, 60’

Sunday, November 16th at 5pm

How to Make a Book with Steidl
by Jorg Adolph, Germany, 2010, 86’

Sunday, November 30th at 5pm

The Woodmans
by Scott Willis, USA, 2010, 82’

Sunday, December 21th at 5pm

Thomas Ruff
by Ralph Goertz, Germany, 2011, 50’

Moving Archive

MOVING ARCHIVE è un progetto di inclusione sociale dedicato all’approfondimento, attraverso il cinema d’arte, di tematiche sociali, geopolitiche e ambientali che interessano il mondo contemporaneo: un programma di proiezioni e di incontri gratuiti della durata di 6 mesi (dicembre 2019-maggio 2020), che si rivolge a scuole secondarie di secondo grado, biblioteche e circoli ricreativi culturali di Firenze e di 6 comuni limitrofi, rivolto ad un pubblico intergenerazionale di cittadini che studiano, vivono e lavorano nelle aree periferiche di Firenze.
A marzo 2020, a causa dell’emergenza COVID-19, Moving Archive è stato sospeso. Il programma è stato riformulato e si è svolto tra aprile e maggio 2020 in streaming. I film sono stati introdotti da video registrati con il commento di Riccardo Venturi, storico dell’arte (Waste Land), Leone Contini, artista (China’s Van Goghs) e Roberto Fassone del collettivo di artisti Estuario Projects (Banksy Does New York).
Enti che hanno aderito al progetto:
le scuole secondarie di secondo grado ITT Marco Polo all’Isolotto/Firenze, ISISTL Russell-Newton a Scandicci, IISS Calamandrei a Sesto Fiorentino, la Biblioteca Civica Calenzano, la Biblioteca comunale di Bagno a Ripoli, la biblioteca comunale di Lastra a Signa, il Circolo Ricreativo Brozzi/Firenze, il Circolo Ricreativo Culturale Silvano Corti Sant’Andrea a Rovezzano/Firenze, Circolo Arci Le Panche Firenze.
13 dicembre 2019, in presenza
China's Van Goghs

di Yu Haibo, Yu Tianqi Kiki, Cina/Olanda 2016, 80′

introduce Guido Gramigni

18 dicembre 2019, in presenza
Waste Land

di Lucy Walker, Regno Unito 2010, 98′

introduzione al film di Gaia Bindi

27 aprile 2020, in streaming
China's Van Goghs

di Yu Haibo, Yu Tianqi Kiki, Cina/Olanda 2016, 80′

introduce Leone Contini

28 aprile 2020, in streaming
Banksy Does New York

di Chris Moukarbel, Stati Uniti 2014, 80′

introduce Roberto Fassone

30 aprile 2020, in streaming
China's Van Goghs

di Yu Haibo, Yu Tianqi Kiki, Cina/Olanda 2016, 80′

introduce Leone Contini

8 maggio 2020, in streaming
Waste Land

di Lucy Walker, Regno Unito 2010, 98′

introduce Riccardo Venturi


Gaia Bindi
docente in Storia dell’arte contemporanea all’Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze e autrice di Arte, ambiente, ecologia, Postmedia Books, 2019

Leone Contini
artista e antropologo, da anni è impegnato nell’interazione con comunità agricole cinesi in Italia.

Roberto Fassone
artista e docente per Estuario Project. Estuario è uno studio per artisti, curatori, autori e chiunque voglia portare una propria idea e contributo. Al suo interno si tengono laboratori sui linguaggi contemporanei e sui processi espositivi.

Guido Gramigni
storico dell’arte e co-fondatore dell’associazione culturale [chì-na]

Riccardo Venturi
storico e critico dell’arte contemporanea, scrive regolarmente per Artforum, Alias – Il Manifesto e Doppiozero.