9th Edition of “Lo Schermo dell’Arte” Film Festival in Florence: November 16-20, 2016

Remainder di Omer Fast, 2015

Remainder di Omer Fast, 2015


Florence: November 16 – 20, 2016

Cinema La Compagnia, Palazzo Strozzi
Opening: Cinema La Compagnia, Wednesday November 16, 2016 at 6pm

Opening Night: Wednesday, November 16 at 9pm
Where is Rocky II? by Pierre Bismuth
Italian premiere in the presence of the author

Co-produced and distributed in Italy by In Between Art Film and Vivo Film, Where Is Rocky II? is the chronicle of an obsession, in which Bismuth hopes to find Rocky II, a fake boulder in resin by American artist Ed Ruscha, hidden by its author among real rocks in the Mojave Desert in California in 1979. An art project, a documentary, a fiction film and mockumentary, the French artist’s first film work finds meaning in the conflict between genres by constantly moving between them, the meaning of Rocky II is to live the conflict between its existence and its paradoxical nonexistence. Bismuth will give a lecture as part of the program of Talks Festival Thursday, November 17 (La Compagnia, 15.45, in collaboration with Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence).


“The Right” (2015) by Assaf Gruber

Among the guest artists: Gianikian Yervant and Angela Ricci Lucchi protagonists of Focus On 2016 which brings together seven of their famous films; Omer Fast will present the Italian premiere of his psycho-thriller Remainder (2015), and Continuity (2016), Luca Trevisani with the European premiere of his latest work Sudan (2016) co-produced by LO SCHERMO DELL’ARTE, and then Joana Hadjithomas co-author, with Khalil Joreige, of the poetic Ismyrne (2016) and Assaf Gruber with the short The Right (2015).

In Film d’Artista, previews of Nightlife (2015), the first film in 3D by Cyprien GaillardFaux Départ (2015) by Yto Barrada, candidate for the Prix Duchamp 2016, and The Challenge (2016) Yuri Ancarani, which won a prize at the latest Locarno Festival, presented in collaboration with the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement (BIM) in Geneva.


Nightlife (2015) by Cyprien Gaillard

The Sguardi section of the program includes documentaries on contemporary art, including the Italian premieres of portraits of American photographer Robert Frank and artists Eva Hesse and David Hockney. In collaboration with the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, on the occasion of the exhibition Ai Weiwei. Libero, in the presence of director Michael Schindhelm, The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg dedicated to the most famous collector of contemporary Chinese art, the Swiss businessman Uli Sigg.

The 12 participants of VISIO European Program on Artists’ Moving Images will display their video work in the exhibition VISIO. Outside The Black Box, curated by Leonardo Bigazzi. Organized in collaboration with FST-Regional Media Tuscany, the exhibition will open at Cinema La Compagnia on Wednesday, November 16 at 6pm and will be on display until November 20. The selected works are redefining the limits of the traditional film format, and will be planned in the spaces of what was once a theater, not usually accessible to the public. In addition, the VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize will be awarded. The prize was created to encourage the collecting of video installations by film and video artists, through the acquisition of a work by one of the participating artists by the Seven Gravity Collection.

As part of Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival 2016 the final part of the second edition of Feature Expanded will take place, training program for artists with visual arts backgrounds who wish to make a first feature film. The program is intended to provide participating artists with the expertise needed to develop their films, and to help them acquire knowledge on the operation of the production system of the European audiovisual and film market, through the involvement of experts from the cinema and art worlds. Included in the Festival’s program, an international round table Museum and Artists’ Feature Films Distribution and Exhibition (Friday, November 18, 3.45pm at Altana Palazzo Strozzi) will be held, to investigate the new possibilities offered by non-theatrical distribution and the role of museums in the exhibition of artist feature films.

>> 2016 program

from 6pm to 8.30pm: € 5 full price € 4 reduced ticket
from 9pm to the end of the shows: € 7 full price € 5.50 reduced ticket
Daily ticket from 6pm  to the end of the shows: € 10 full price € 8 reduced ticket
Season ticket from November 16-20 € 35

Online: presale from Wednesday November 9 on www.50giornidicinema.com
Presale at Cinema La Compagnia from Sunday November 13



Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival 2016  is supported by Regione Toscana in the context of “Toscanaincontemporanea2016” and by Creative Europe/MEDIA, Comune di Firenze, Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze. It is included in “50 Giorni di Cinema 2016,” project realized in context of Programma Sensi Contemporanei per il Cinema, supported by Agenzia per la Coesione Territoriale, MIBACT Direzione Generale Cinema, Regione Toscana, Fondazione Sistema Toscana. Institutional partners: Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Institut Français Firenze, Ambasciata Kingdom of the Netherlands, Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Deutsche Institut Florenz. Sponsors: ottod’Ame, Famiglia Cecchi, Findomestic, Unicoop Firenze.

Collaborations 2016
Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, BIM Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea L. Pecci, Creative Scotland, FID Marseille, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Institut Français Firenze, Netherlands Film Fund, Home Manchester, Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana, Seven Gravity Collection, University of Salford at MediaCityUK.


About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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