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Schermo dell'arte 2023 Guido van der Werve
November 10, 2023

Schermo dell'arte 2023

Festival dedicated to film and contemporary art returns to Florence, November 15 to 19

The best and latest international production of artists' films and documentaries on contemporary art in Florence for the 16th edition of Schermo dell'arte, Nov. 15-19, with main sponsor the fashion house Gucci, which confirms its support by offering under-30s free admission to scheduled screenings.

More than 30 screenings, from Focus on Guido van der Werve to Vasilis Katsoupis's Inside with Willem Dafoe, new productions including Micol Roubini's The Magic Mountain and world premieres of works by Simon Liu, Gerard Ortín Castellví, Maryam Tafakory and Yuyan Wang; plus special events such as Fabrizio Fiumi's The Radical Architecture and a tribute to artist Diego Marcon.

Bloodlines by Amie Siegel, 2022 (© Amie Siegel. Courtesy Thomas Dane Gallery)

Works that speak to political, social, environmental and identity themes.

The main fulcrum of the Festival, the Cinema La Compagnia in Florence, not only the venue for screenings in the presence of the authors, but also a meeting place for artists, curators and international guests, to which are added the venues of the collateral events in the city, such as the spaces of the Strozzina and the Altana at Palazzo Strozzi, the Academy of Fine Arts and New York University Florence.

The Opening Nightav will begin with The Pixelated Revolution, a non-academic lecture by Lebanese artist Rabih Mroué that explores the dramatically topical issue of the representation of violence and horror of war mediated by screens and the web.

The Pixelated Revolutio by Rabih Mroué

It will then kick off the Festival's Focus, dedicated to Guido van der Werve's 20-year career, and studded with extraordinary challenges and feats, with the Italian premiere of his first autobiographical feature Nummer Achttien - The Breath of Life.

Closing Night will present, for the first time on the big screen in Italy, Vasilis Katsoupis' Inside, starring Willem Dafoe, a psycho-thriller that has as its central narrative element a collection of works by international contemporary artists specially curated for the film by Leonardo Bigazzi.

Inside by Vasilis Katsoupis, with Willem Dafoe (ph. Wolfgang Ennenbach / Focus Features)

One can also meet in Florence during the Festival the eight artists selected for the 2023 edition of VISIO: Maeve Brennan, Federica Di Pietrantonio, Andro Eradze, Timoteus Anggawan Kusno, Valentin Noujaïm, Claudia Pagès Rabal, Marina Xenofontos and Chris Zhongtian Yuan.

This edition will also expand online, with streaming programming on Più Compagnia, in partnership with (until November 26, 2023), including films from the Festival and works by the eight artists selected for the 12th edition of VISIO.

Click here to discover the entire program!

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