Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow

“A deeply serious meditation on artistic practice and expression: a discourse in which the artist as creator is respectfully restored to the very centre of the process.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Director: Sophie Fiennes
Year: 2010
Running time: 105 mins
Genres: Art

Producers: Sophie Fiennes, Kees Kasander, Émilie Blézat
Photography: Remko Schnorr
Editor: Ethel Shepherd

In French, German and English, with English subtitles


With: Anselm Kiefer, Klaus Dermutz

Festivals: Cannes (Out of Competition), Melbourne, Toronto 2010

With a hushed, steady tread Sophie Fiennes draws us into the monumental wasteland being created by German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer in the grounds of an abandoned silk factory at Barjac, in the south of France, and shows us the artist at work. Kiefer’s work evokes 20th-century Europe as a ruined ancient civilisation, and Fiennes immerses us in his world simply and to haunting effect with stately camera movement and a minimal score by Jörg Widmann and György Ligeti. — BG

“A ravishingly hypnotic record of the work of landscape artist Anselm Kiefer, who carves haunted spaces out of earth, air, fire and water and fills them with troubling and enigmatic objects: new relics planted carefully into new ruins. Addressing, almost wordlessly, the interdependence of work and practice, Fiennes finally appropriates Kiefer’s conceptual wonderland to ponder the relationships between film, art and truth. Masterfully done.” — Lisa Mullen, Sight & Sound