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Cinema and contemporary art

From 13 to 18 November Florence will host the 11th edition of Lo Schermo dell’arte Film Festival, an international project dedicated to the multiple interactions of cinema with art.

The Film Festival is an international project dedicated to exploring and promoting the relationship between contemporary art and cinema through films and installations and includes training projects; residencies for international artists; and the production and distribution of artists’ films. The programme involves artists, documentaries, short films, meetings with authors and curators and workshops.

The opening night will be centred around British director Peter Greenaway who will present his new film Walking to Paris, the story of the journey in 1903 and 1904 of 27 year-old Costantin Brancusi, who travelled from his native Romania to Paris, the city which made him a pioneer of 20th century art. Zapruder will present his ongoing project Zeus Machine, dedicated to the 12 labours of Hercules, celebrated in unusual and modern alternatives. Welcoming the link with mythical figures, the audience become interpreters of heroic acts, which play out the tensions between the godly Olympus and the earthly sphere.

The Focus for 2018 of Lo Schermo dell’Arte will be Italian artist Rä Di Martino – whose production spans installations, photography and cinema – who will showcase seven short films made between 2001 and 2017. In addition, his new 100 Piper film will be presented as a world premiere – encapsulating the story of the Piper club in Turin (1966- 1969) in a hundred fragments in which the artist interprets the atmosphere of the famous nightclub through archival materials.