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Art on the big screen, in Florence

Florence in autumn becomes a mecca for all movie lovers! For almost two months, starting from October 29, the city hosts the unique “50 Days of International Film Festival” - a cinematographic marathon! odeon florence festival This year, from October 29 to December 14, one after the other, we’ll enjoy the following thematic festivals: October 20 – November 2: France Odeon – French film festival November 3-5: Images & Sounds of the World – Ethnomusical film festival November 6-11: International Women and Cinema Festival November 12-16: The Screen of the Arts November 17-20: Balkan Florence Express November 21-27: Florence Queer Express November 28-December 5: Festival dei Popoli - International Documentary Festival December 6-12: River to River - Florence Indian Film Festival December 13-14: A Window on the North – Finnish film festival December 14: Florence’s N.I.C.E. Prize – dedicated to the Italian cinema abroad This year’s hot topic is the Future – on the screen we’ll see new generations, the environment and the planet's resources, the promotion of culture, respect for diversity – and "young" cinema, films made by those who continue to experience the language of this art, at any age. One of the events belonging to the “50 Days” festival is “The Screen of the Arts” Film Festival (Lo Schermo dell’Arte): a festival that explores, analyzes and promotes relations between contemporary art and cinema. It is a unique project in Italy, which came to light in Florence in 2008. Odeon florence festival From November 12 to 16, artists’ film and documentaries on contemporary art will be presented, as well as encounters with artists, curators and authors (“Festival Talks”), events, workshops (such as VISO-European Workshop on Artists’ Moving Cinema) and art installations. The 2014 festival will focus on German filmmaker Hito Steyerl, one of the most highly acclaimed video artists, whose work addresses the issue of the use of media and network during this globalization era. The festival schedule will bring to the big screen: the fascinating and enchanting movie by Marine Hugonnier about a colony of bees (“Apicula Enigma”, Italian premiere); the story of the life of the pair of Japanese artists Ushio Shinohara and Noriko "Cutie", in New York, by Z. Heinzerling (“Cutie and the Boxer”, Italian premiere); the project of French artist Invader to send one of his mosaics on an outer space mission (“Art4Space”, Italian premiere); the story of artist Ai Weiwei, working and organizing shows under the constant surveillance by the Chinese government and under house arrest (“Ai Weiwei Evidence”, Italian premiere); how artist Michael Heizer moved a gigantic stone block from an Arizona quarry to LA’s LACMA for an installation in the museum’s park (“Levitated Mass” by Doug Pray); the interview made by Teller to the Texan inventor and electronic engineer that is trying to what’s the secret behind the realist paintings of Dutch master Jan Vermeer, one of art history’s greatest mysteries (“Tim’s Vermeer”); a collection of visual testimony, linked to work and practices of everyday life in several regions of Portugal, by M. Calò and F. Queimadela (“The Mesh and the Circle”, World Premiere). Among the guests are expected personalities such as Alain Fleisher, who will present the Italian preview of “Naissance d'musée”, the story of the opening in 2012 of the new Louvre-Lens in the French region of Pas-de-Calais. All films are shown in their original languages (with Italian subtitles). The main venue for the The Screen of the Arts Film Festival – as well as all the other festivals – is the historic Odeon movie theatre, but this year the whole city will be involved: encounters and events are scheduled to take place in museums, art galleries and other cultural locations.

“Levitated Mass” by Doug Pray
“Levitated Mass” by Doug Pray

INFORMATION The Screen of the Arts Film Festival November 12-16, 2014 Odeon Theatre Piazza Strozzi 1, Florence Tickets: Movies from 6 to 8pm: 5€, reduced 4€ Movies from 9pm: 7€, reduced 5.50€ One day pass: 10€, reduced 8€ Festival pass (November 12-16): 35€ “Festival Talks” and “VISO Screening” – free entrance