Over your cities Grass will grow / Anselm Kiefer
ABOUT YOUR CITIES GRASS WILL GROW
In 1993 Anselm Kiefer left Buchen, Germany for La Ribaute, a derelict silk factory near Barjac. From 2000 he started constructing a series of elaborate installations there.
Like a strange, sprawling village, La Ribaute about 35 hectares and is comprised of old industrial buildings and working studios that link to a network of underground tunnels dug out by Kiefer, which run underneath pavilions.
An underground pool at the cul-de-sac or a tubular iron tunnel is embedded within a crypt which is a 20 m tiered concrete amphitheater. There are caves and woods, an open landscape or concrete towers – assembled like so many card houses – and secluded, private spaces.
Traversing this landscape, the film immerses the audience in the total world and creative process of one of today’s most significant and inventive artists.
Shot in cinemascope, the film constructs visual set pieces alongside observational footage to capture both the dramatic resonance of Kiefer’s art and the intimate process of creation. This polarity – in terms of scale, sensibility and time – animates the film, creating a multi-layered narrative through which to navigate the complex spaces of La Ribaute. Here creation and destruction are interdependent; the film enters into direct contact with raw materials Kiefer employs to build his paintings and sculptures – lead, concrete, ash, acid, earth, glass and gold.
ABOUT YOUR CITIES GRASS WILL GROW gives privileged access to Kiefer’s last days at La Ribotte.
100 min.Colour 16: 9 DD5.1
French, German and English with English Subtitles
Article number: ART520DVD
EAN Code: 5021866520308