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Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy


Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy, director Thomas Riedelsheimer’s second documentary on renowned British artist Andy Goldsworthy (following 2001’s acclaimed Rivers and Tides), takes viewers on a beautiful and entrancing journey into the hillsides, wild terrains and other outdoor spaces that inspire Goldsworthy’s creative spirit.

Leaning into the Wind is a work of art in itself, beautifully and meditatively shot, accompanied by a faintly mysterious score that seems to be telling us secrets.” – Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times

He not only leans into the wind, but also climbs trees, shakes out clouds of pollen, penetrates hedgerows, and lies in the rain. The film chronicles a vibrant journey through the diverse layers of Goldsworthy’s world, including some scenes working with his daughter Holly Goldsworthy. From urban Edinburgh and Glasgow to the South of France and New England, Berlin and San Francisco, each environment he encounters becomes a fresh kaleidoscopic canvas for his art. A lushly-visualized travelogue, Goldsworthy’s work and Riedelsheimer’s exquisite cinematography redefine landscape and inextricably tie human life to the natural world, creating a film experience that is poetic, thoughtful and peaceful, enhanced by an original jazz-influenced score by Fred Frit. (Dir. by Thomas Riedelsheimer, 2017, USA, 93 mins., Rated PG)

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