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Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy

  • Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer
  • United Kingdom/Germany, 2018, 93 mins. , English/Portuguese/French

British sculptor, photographer, and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy, whose site-specific sculptures and land art redeploy nature’s resources in startling and harmonious shapes and textures, was the subject of Riedelsheimer’s landmark documentary Rivers and Tides (2001). Riedelsheimer returns to find Goldsworthy still engaged in his exploration of the natural world, creating stunning work from Brazil to California to his home in Scotland. Also returning is composer Fred Frith, who provides a score to back the film’s hypnotizing rhythms. “[The film] will inspire anyone who sees it to look for the beauty in every gust, to admire how nature constantly rearranges itself, and us along with it. . . . [This] is a fascinating reminder that some art wasn’t made to be owned.—IndieWire.

Filmography: Touch the Sound (2004), Rivers and Tides (2001)

Reviews: Variety, IndieWire

Genres: Documentary

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Breathing Earth

Riedelsheimer’s (Rivers and Tides) subject is Japanese sculptor Susumu Shingu, who pays tribute to nature with hypnotic and playful kinetic works powered by wind and water. Following Shingu around the world in search of a place where art and sustainability can coexist, the film captures his stunning work in its natural habitats—including Japan, Italy, and