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A diversified program, various sections to choose from, meetings with the artists, an award for young talent. Fortified by a functional context, video art becomes free from the quick judgement normally received by the general public at exhibitions. The objective being to project its extension and its power on the cinema screen. It’s Lo schermo dell’arte, in Florence ...
<b>ART IN ARMCHAIR</b>Published on Thursday, November the 18th, 2010.
Although a categorical division is still maintained between documentary-based cinema and art cinema - when the same consistency of definitions, rather absurd, represents in itself the signal of a critical rethink necessity- in Florence any kind of limit is totally off for a period of four days. This is the context of Lo schermo dell’arte, an independent film festival directed by Silvia Lucchesi that has gotten this year to its third edition: "The independent program was founded in 2008, thanks to a long and successful experience with the Festival dei Popoli as thematic section devoted to contemporary art".
The success of the past, with a participation of up to 3500 spectators and in some cases the need to improvise double projections, has triggered a more specific determination process concerning content-related choices. The new program, structured by two distinct sections, shows it: Sguardi-, documentary-based category about contemporary art, and Cinema d’artista for those movies, indeed, made by artists - Moreover the introduction of Festival Talks, which introduces thematic meetings with international guests, and the prize awarded to a young Italian artist for the best video: "I wish to stress that this recognition of 10,000 euro is the only one in Italy addressed specifically to the production of an original work, and is designed to encourage the talent of emerging artists", specifies the Director. Altogether fourteen works will be projected. "Is not so much the number of films that interests us, as their quality. We look at the contemporary landscape trying to embrace new and interesting aspects, which can stimulate a reflection on life, on reality, on the world around us "continues Lucchesi. 
Lucy Walker - Waste Land - 2010 - still dal film
There are real expectations, given the variety of proposals: for example we can report the Italian preview, with inauguration function, of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The Radiant Child by Tamra Davis, followed by Waste Land by Lucy Walker, the tale of an artistic work in the landfill project of Rio de Janeiro called Jardin Gramacho (the film was awarded at the Berlin Film Festival as well as at the Sundance Film Festival) Oscar Niemayer, a long interview created by Brazilian filmmaker Fabiano Maciel with the famous modernist architect on the occasion of his 100th birthday, Marxism today (prologue) by Phil Collins, feature film created for the Berlin Biennial. The plot is based on the memories of three Marxist-Leninist economics teachers in former East Germany. The overall schedule reveals a conscious combination between titles of recall and specific ones; for the future probably even more experimental works will be made. Besides the festival itself, with the expectation during the period preceding its beginning and the constant participation during the days, proves that-although the context of contemporary art remains tight-binding with a popular medium manages to catalyze a widespread curiosity. 
Jan Schimdt-Garre - Andreas Gursky. Long Shot Close Up - 2009 - still dal film
Lucchesi adds: "Our intuition was a winning one: talking about art through cinema. The extraordinary frame of the Festival plays its role; it’s the Odeon, a real movie theatre which allows an uncommon capacity for the art world standards. Finally, I believe it is important to show our willingness to improve, to reconsider our choices in a continual exchange of ideas with the public. Lo schermo dell’arte is included in the 50 days of international cinema in Florence’s review, under the regional project Toscana in contemporanea 2010, and therefore has among its partners the most visible realities of local artistic contexts”. Silvia Lucchesi gives us a list: "Centro Pecci, Ex3, Strozzina and Marini Museum; with these institutions we have established a dialogue and a comparison since the first year of activity. From time to time, then, the concrete forms of collaboration can be innovated and diversified: from the report of new movie titles through to the cost sharing linked to other presentations ".
Fabiano Maciel - Oscar Niemeyer. A vida è um sopro - 2006 - still dal film
Given its original nature, the Festival could even become a national point of reference: "Certainly we hope so. But this depends on a whole set of things, including cultural policy choices in Tuscany and continuity of resources, it is not only under our control”. Beyond reasonable uncertainty, for the next editions regular projects are already provided, so as to strengthen the permanent activity connected to the Festival. In short, another step forward, to a screen in strong expansion.

from 22 to 25 November 2010
Lo schermo dell’arte 2010. Film Festival
artistic direction: Silvia Lucchesi
Odeon cinema
Piazza degli Strozzi-50123 Florence
Entrance: daily full fare € 7, reduced € 5; subscription 4 days € 15 I
Info: info@schermodellarte.org ; www.schermodellarte.org [exibart]

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from 22 to 25 November 2010
Lo schermo dell’arte 2010. Film Festival
artistic direction: Silvia Lucchesi
Odeon cinema
Piazza degli Strozzi-50123 Florence
Entrance: daily full fare € 7, reduced € 5; subscription 4 days € 15 I
Info: info@schermodellarte.org; www.schermodellarte.org

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