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  • Summary: In 1993 Kiefer left Buchen, Germany for La Ribaute, a derelict silk factory near Barjac. From 2000 he began constructing a series of elaborate installations there. Like a strange, sprawling village, La Ribaute extends over 35 hectares and is composed of old industrial buildings and working studios that link to a network of underground tunnels dug out by Kiefer, which run underneath pavilions built to house paintings and installations. An underground pool at the cul-de-sac of a tubular iron tunnel is embedded within a crypt which backs onto to a 20 m tiered concrete amphitheatre. There are caves and woods, an open landscape of concrete towers – assembled like so many card houses – and secluded, private spaces. Traversing this landscape, the film immerses the audience in the total world and creative process of one of today’s most significant and inventive artists. (Arthouse Films)

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  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Feb 15, 2012
    This is highly personal artwork writ in a grand, towering script, and all the more intellectually and artistically legible for it.
  2. Reviewed by: Barbara Goslawski
    Aug 10, 2011
    Fiennes' technique is extraordinary in its simplicity, balancing a literal prowl throughout his immense sculptural environs with a respectful observational distance.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Aug 12, 2011
    If you're willing to take this voyage with Fiennes into the psychic landscape and working life of one of the world's greatest contemporary artists, it's a trip you'll never forget.
  4. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Aug 9, 2011
    An intriguing and compelling documentary that provides insight into Kiefer's artwork.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Aug 12, 2011
    A documentary that focuses rigorously on process and atmosphere at the expense of context and engagement.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Aug 10, 2011
    Breathtaking imagery competes with a scary lack of human interest in this hypnotic, potentially alienating documentary.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 19, 2011
    Beautifully shot, but terribly dull.

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