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Rivers And Tides

Rivers And Tides
  • 2001
  • UK/Germany
  • 100 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Thomas Riedelsheimer
  • Written by: Thomas Riedelsheimer
  • Cast: Andy Goldsworthy

'Art for me is a form of nourishment,' suggests sculptor Andy Goldsworthy at the start of this meditative documentary. Audiences on the continent and in the US have certainly found Thomas Riedelsheimer's film a rewarding chew: it's picked up awards at the German Film Awards, the San Francisco Film Festival and the Montreal International of Films on Art. It is not difficult to see why: his works have a staying power because they are ephemeral. And while Goldsworthy's speech is festooned with purple patches, he is also thoroughly down-to-earth. His work is concerned with nature and process and life, and it is hard to watch a carefully woven string of leaves slip from their pattern and snake downstream without feeling your soul lift.

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