Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow

Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
Director: Sophie Fiennes

France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, documentary, 2010, 105 min
“Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow” bears witness to one of today’s most inventive German artists Anselm Kiefer’s creative processes and renders as a film journey the personal universe he has built in the abandoned industrial area in the South of France. Like a strange, sprawling village, the area extends over 350,000 square metres and is composed of old industrial buildings and working studios that link to a network of underground tunnels dug out by A. Kiefer. There are caves and woods, an open landscape of concrete towers – assembled like so many card houses – and secluded, private spaces. Traversing this landscape, the film enters into direct contact with the raw materials A. Kiefer employs to build his colossal artworks - lead, concrete, ash, acid, earth, glass and gold. Here, creation and destruction are interdependent.
About the director:
Sophie Fiennes was born in the England, in 1967. She attended art school, worked with the film director Peter Greenaway from 1987 to 1992 and choreographer Michael Clark from 1993 to 1995. Fiennes began making her films in 1998. She is widely acclaimed for her unique observational eye and strong sense of cinematic form. Previous films include her controversial “The Pervert‘s Guide to Cinema” (2006), a film collaboration with the radical thinker Slavoj Zizek. Her second collaboration with Slavoj Zizek “The Pervert‘s Guide to Ideology” is among her future projects. Fiennes was awarded a NESTA fellowship in 2000 and at the Rotterdam 2008 Cinemart she won the Arte France Cinema Award.
Section: All the Muses

Dir. of Photography: Remko Schnorr

Music: Bram Boers