By Pedro Ballesteros
“Can You Hear Me?” is an in-depth exploration of the work and personality of the sculptor Jaume Plensa.
Together with Plensa we visit some of his most representative pieces, sited in public spaces in Spain, France, Sweden, the US, Canada and Japan, on a series of trips that also take in the ideas that nurture his works.
We also witness the genesis and construction of a major project for the lobby of a New York skyscraper, the preparations for a retrospective of his work at the MACBA in Barcelona, the inau- guration of a major open-air exhibition in Stock- holm, and the siting of large sculptures in Ma- drid, the island of Porqueroles and, once again, New York.
Making the most of the access and intimacy pro- vided by one of the most import artists active on today’s art scene, this documentary deals with the mechanisms leading to artistic creation, the questions that arise from our engagement with it, and how art, that thing which has no use, can transform our ways of seeing and being in the world, if only for an instant.
A production by Plensa StudioBarcelona, Galerie Lelong NY, Gray Gallery Chicago/NY, Galerie Lelong Paris and Mallerich Films Paco Poch
Direction: Pedro Ballesteros
Production: Jordi Marquès
Executive Production: Laura Medina and Paco Poch
Associate Production: Mary Sabbatino, Paul Gray and Jean Frémon
Director of Photography: Pol Orpinell
Screenplay: Pedro Ballesteros and Aurora Sulli
Edition: Aurora Sulli
Sound Mix: Francesc Gosalves
Color: Aline Biz
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Format: 2K color
Runtime: 75 minutes
Nominated for Best Documentary at the XIII Gaudí Awards
Docs Barcelona Audience Award 2020
Official selection at Fine Arts Film Festival (ViCA)
Best Festival Film (Special Award), Best Documentary Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography Director at Arte Non Stop Film Festival 2020