For almost two months, starting from October 29, the city hosts, one after the other, the following themed festivals: October 29 – November 1: France Odeon – French film festival November 2-4: Images & Sounds of the World – Ethnomusical film festival November 5-10: International Women and Cinema Festival November 11-17: Florence Queer Festival November 18-22: The Screen of the Arts November 23-26: The Rediscovered Cinema – in collaboration with the Film Library of Bologna November 27-December 4: Festival dei Popoli – International Documentary Festival December 5-10: River to River – Florence Indian Film Festival December 11-13: A Window on the North – Finnish film festival December 13: Florence’s N.I.C.E. Prize – dedicated to Italian cinema abroad
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, analyses and promotes relations between contemporary art and cinema. It is a unique project in Italy, which first came to light in Florence in 2008.
From November 18 to 22: movies and documentaries on contemporary art, encounters with artists, curators and authors (“Festival Talks”), events, workshops (such as VISO-European Workshop on Artists’ Moving Cinema) and art installations.
The 2015 festival will focus on German director and video-artist Harun Faroki, who died last year and has been the star of an important retrospective of the last Venice Biennial. In Florence he will be remembered with a version of the video installation parallel i-iv: an extraordinary essay on the influence video-games have had on cinema over the last few decades, and on the construction and rules of computerised animation.
The festival schedule will bring to the big screen (to mention a few): the meeting between Louvre’s director Jacquest Jaujard and Count Franz Wolff-Metternich, the German officer responsible for the management of French cultural treasures (Francofonia by Alexandr Sokurov); the rigorous and poetic language of British artist Runa Islam (Empty the Pond To Get the Fish and Pièce Unique, Italian premiere); a trip through the creative universe of two artists and the private space of their ateliers (Kasper König’s Address Book – Niele Toroni, Sophie Calle, Italian premiere); set in the San Siro Stadium in Milan, a new interpretation of the football world, from an upside-down point of view (San Siro by Yuri Ancarani); an experiment in optics based on an antique medical treatise that transforms a kitchen in Brussels into a camera obscura (In Waking Hours by Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vanagt, Italian premiere); a glimpse into the world of Polish contemporary art (The Performer, Italian premiere); an architectural project by the Palestinian collective DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency) for the reconstruction of the Palestinian Parliament east of Jerusalem (Common Assembly: Deterritorializing the Palestinian Parliament); the behind-the-scenes action of the highly popular Reality Show X Factor (Family Show by Francesco Bertocco); the stories of four photographers during the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, where taking pictures was considered a crime (Frame by Frame, Italian premiere); a portrait of artist/photographer Barbara Kruger (Picturing Barbara Kruger, Italian premiere); a portrait of Peggy Guggenheim (Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict by Lisa Immordino, Italian premiere); a history of Land Art, told by the movement’s protagonists (Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art); the portrait of a dynasty of German architects (Concrete Love – The Böhm Family).
There will also be an homage to Martial Raysse, on the occasion of his retrospective in Venice.
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 meetings and events are scheduled to also take place in museums, art galleries and other cultural locations.
INFORMATION The Screen of the Arts Film Festival November 18-22, 2015 Odeon Theatre Piazza Strozzi 1, Florence
Tickets: Movies from 6 to 8.30pm: 5€, reduced 4€ Movies from 9pm: 7€, reduced 5.50€ One day pass: 10€, reduced 8€ Festival pass (November 18-22): 35€ “Festival Talks” and “VISO Screening” – free entrance