Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow

Directed by Sophie Fiennes

Synopsis

A mesmerizing portrait of the artist Anselm Kiefer by acclaimed documentarian Sophie Fiennes (THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA), OVER YOUR CITIES GRASS WILL GROW is part tribute and part deconstruction; aided by beautiful widescreen cinematography, Fiennes captures the majesty of Kiefer's architectonic installations alongside observational footage of his work process.

Film Info

Release Year: 2010
Running Time: 105
Color Type: Color
Country: France
Language: English, French and German w/English subtitles

In 1993, artist Anselm Kiefer left Buchen, Germany for La Ribaute, a derelict silk factory near Barjac, a town in the south of France. Like a strange, sprawling village, La Ribaute extends over 35 hectares and is composed of old industrial buildings and working studios. From 2000, Kiefer began constructing a series of elaborate installations and paintings, creating pavilions to house them, while also digging a network of tunnels underneath the pavilions. OVER YOUR CITIES GRASS WILL GROW takes you into Kiefer's artistic estate to discover these sights and more—including an underground pool at the cul-de-sac of a tubular iron tunnel embedded within a crypt, a 20-meter tiered concrete amphitheater, and an open landscape of concrete towers assembled like so many card houses. Traversing this landscape, director Sophie Fiennes' critically acclaimed film immerses the audience in the total world and creative process of one of today's most significant and inventive artists.

Cast

    Anselm Kiefer (Himself)
    Klaus Dermutz (Interviewer)

Crew

  • Directed by Sophie Fiennes
  • Produced by Emilie Blezat , Kees Kasander , Sophie Fiennes

Festivals / Awards

Official Selection: Cannes, Toronto, Rotterdam

Reviews

"Fiennes...has created something difficult and distinctive in 'Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow' - a work of art that itself acts as a pathway into another artist's work." - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

"A mesmerizing spectacle...a trip you'll never forget" - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

"A dreamlike visual statement..." - Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal

"Quite unlike anything we've ever seen before" - Christopher Bell, The Playlist

"...this film is probably the best way to visit [Kiefer's] vision" - Nora Lee Mandel, Film-forward.com

"A major accomplishment, the rare non-fiction film that pulls off the feat of revealing the complexity of its subject." - Tom Hall, IndieWIRE

"A film of austere beauty" - Maggie Lee, The Hollywood Reporter

"Four stars! A deeply serious meditation on artistic practice and expression." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK)

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Photos

  • Director Sophie Fiennes
            • Anselm Kiefer and Sophie Fiennes