Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow2011

Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (2011)



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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 are giant, organic pillars, like stalagmites or termite mounds, a visual or conceptual rhyme to the towers built outside... Fiennes's emphases are almost abstract: color, light, texture, form - and to these, she adds sound, using the music of Jörg Widmann and György Ligeti. Anselm's studio is a place where real, hard work is going on: smelting, sawing and hammering... His artistry looks as if it could be taking place centuries ago, and yet it feels very modern... A deeply serious meditation on artistic practice and expression." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK) --(C) Alive Mind


Anselm Kiefer
as Anselm Kiefer
Klaus Dermutz
as Narrator

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Critic Reviews for Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (19)

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.

February 17, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"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.

January 6, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A documentary that focuses rigorously on process and atmosphere at the expense of context and engagement.

August 11, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Shot in widescreen CinemaScope, Fiennes' film is a mesmerizing spectacle that asserts its own pace...

August 11, 2011

Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow attempts to let Kiefer's art, and the process by which it's made, speak for itself.

August 10, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Breathtaking imagery competes with a scary lack of human interest in this hypnotic, potentially alienating documentary about German sculptor Anselm Kiefer.

August 10, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow


If you have ever wanted to see a documentary about paint drying, then check out "Over Your Cities Grass will Grow." Otherwise, do yourself a favor and steer clear.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Strange, modernist artist Anselm Kiefer gets a strange modernist documentary in this abstract appreciation of his work in an abandoned silk factory in Barjac, France. Like something out of a post-apocalyptic landscape, his work rises up like derelict buildings from the ashes. Mostly observational, but also incredibly dry, the film alternates between beautiful tracking shots and aimless moments of languid tedium.

Matthew Lucas
Matthew Lucas

Super Reviewer

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