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Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own

2019 | USA | English | 57 Minutes

Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own is an artistic biography of one of the few women in the world working in monumental sculpture.

Von Rydingsvard’s work has been featured in the Venice Biennale and is held in the collections of some of the world’s great museums, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. But she may be best-known for work in public spaces – imposing pieces painstakingly crafted with complex surfaces.

In this documentary, we go behind the scenes with von Rydingsvard, as she and her collaborators – cutters, metalsmiths, and others – produce new work, including challenging commissions in copper and bronze. But the film also delves into the artist’s personal life, and how it has shaped her work. Born in Poland during the Second World War, she was partly raised in a displaced persons camp and came to the US as a refugee with her nine-person family. Her younger brother shares memories of being raised by their violent, domineering father – a man whose influence von Rydingsvard continues to feel. Brought up in a blue-collar environment, she became a teacher and then, as a single mother, moved to New York in the 1970s to take up her artistic practice full-time.

In conversations with curators, patrons, family, and fellow artists, we come to know von Rydingsvard as a driven but compassionate sculptor with a deep commitment to her art and the world around her. 

"Outstanding." –San Francisco Chronicle

"Extraordinary! If you loved the Andy Goldsworthy documentary 'Rivers and Tides,' this one is a must."
–Mercury News

"A welcome cinematic account of her work." –The New York Times

"A revelation." –Musée Magazine

"Visceral, heroic; the story of one of our greatest contemporary sculptors." –Black Book

"A movie you want to reach out and touch." –Los Angeles Times

Official Selection
☆ Vancouver International Film Festival 2019
☆ Berkshire International Film Festival 2020
☆ Architecture Design Art Film Festival 2020
☆ Sante Fe Film Festival 2020
☆ Hamptons Doc Fest 2020

Director: Daniel Traub
Producers: Daniel Traub, Ken Kobland, Simon Taufique
Executive Producer:  Morning Slayter
Editors:  Ken Kobland, Melody London
Cinematographer: Daniel Traub
Music: Simon Taufique
Post-Production Supervisor: Michele Zarbafian

New York (Film Forum) Adam Walker |
LA/SF/Regional (EG PR) Emma Griffiths |

Distribution for US and Canada
Icarus Films | Bob Hunter, Director of Exhibition | 32 Court Street, Floor 21, Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA  | 718.488.8900 |

Distribution for Europe and Asia
Poorhouse International | Heike Connolly, General Manager |  58 Broadwick Street, London W1F 7AL Tel. +44 (0)20 74368663 |
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