Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
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Sophie Fiennes records Anselm Kiefer, as the 65-year-old world-renowned artist creates a spectacular architectonic landscape. "In 1993 (Kiefer) left his native Germany and settled in Barjac in France, where he bought a derelict silk factory, transforming it into an extraordinary artistic centre... at once the place where his paintings and sculptures are housed and displayed, and a colossal, evolving architectural artwork in itself. Fiennes begins by roaming through the tunnels and corridors of his studio-network: huge, disorienting shapes and forms loom, composed of earth and mud. There… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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""Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow" is that rare art documentary - one that places the art front and center, not as an adjunct to its maker's biography."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow attempts to let Kiefer's art, and the process by which it's made, speak for itself."
‑ Alison Willmore, AV Club
"Despite its overall tone of cataclysm and condemnation, Kiefer's monstrous works sing more than they shriek. This is highly personal artwork writ in a grand, towering script, and all the more intellectually and artistically legible for it."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"A slumberous bore."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"an inviting exercise, outstaying its welcome at an exhaustive one hundred five minutes."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A documentary that focuses rigorously on process and atmosphere at the expense of context and engagement."
‑ Scott Tobias, NPR
"Breathtaking imagery competes with a scary lack of human interest in this hypnotic, potentially alienating documentary about German sculptor Anselm Kiefer."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"It's a mesmerizing experience and a must-see for anyone interested in the artistic aspects of filmmaking, as well as those who are interested in Kiefer's work."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"It's a testament to how fascinating Kiefer's work is that the film is still enjoyable, if intermittently very dull."
‑ Sean Gandert, Paste Magazine
"Art tourists [get] special access [to] Kiefer channeling creative and destructive energy of boys (mankind? male artists?) in intellectual context and fantastic, adult scale."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"Shot in widescreen CinemaScope, Fiennes' film is a mesmerizing spectacle that asserts its own pace..."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"A daunting work that will please movie lovers willing to invest their time and intellect."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow provides a series of evocative but also elusive compositions, as well as some contemplations."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Often boring, tedious and only fleetingly insightful."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Meanders through the world-making works of landscape artist Anselm Kiefer in reverential awe and little skepticism."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
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