Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
Time Out says
After ‘The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema’, her films about Slavoj Zizek, this is another unusual, collaborative film from Fiennes about the creative mind. The difference is this is almost silent. We hear Kiefer talking to his assistants (‘Now, glass, please,’ he says as they smash huge sheets while building a sculpture. ‘Mmm, nice, nice’) and there’s a mid-film interview with a journalist which reminded me of the chatty scene in ‘Hunger’. But the rest is slow and observational as Fiennes lends her voice to Kiefer’s haunting works with stately camera movements and a minimal score by Jörg Widmann and György Ligeti. The boldness of Fiennes’s film lies in how, like Kiefer’s wonderland, it’s removed from the world and indulges only Kiefer and his work. It’s like watching beautiful rushes of a less imaginative doc. Not for everyone, but if you’re willing to give yourself over to its pace, there’s much to enjoy.