The Needles of the Meuse - AFFR
9–13 Oct 2024
film • stad • architectuur

Film – City – Architecture

AFFR explores the relationship between film, cities and architecture by programming and screening architecture films and by organizing introductions and debates.

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AFFR History

The Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) was established in 2000, and the foundation organized its festival the same year as the first architecture film festival in the world. Festivals also took place again in 2001 and 2003. In 2007 AFFR made a fresh start after a few years of silence. In 2009 the event expanded significantly in terms of visitor numbers and programming.

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The Needles of the Meuse

All 27 hand-operated floodgates in the River Meuse in northern France are set to be replaced by an automated system. The needle weirs from 1834 – an ingenious, fine-meshed system of hundreds of vertically positioned ‘needles’ that, depending on the water level, are manually moved – are no longer adequate owing to water levels that change increasingly rapidly. Moniek van de Vall and Kees van der Vooren follow one of the operators being made redundant. Their film is an ode to the ingenuity of water management and, at the same time, a warning about the effects of human interventions in the landscape. The question is whether the river will remain navigable.

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  • ROTTERDAM SPECIAAL: DRINKWATER EN DROGE VOETEN THE NEEDLES OF THE MEUSE (42') & BUILDING VISIONS (26')
  • fr 06 oct 15:00 - lv cinema 1
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    All 27 hand-operated floodgates in the River Meuse in northern France are set to be replaced by an automated system. The needle weirs from 1834 – an ingenious, fine-meshed system of hundreds of vertically positioned ‘needles’ that, depending on the water level, are manually moved – are no longer adequate owing to water levels that change increasingly rapidly. Moniek van de Vall and Kees van der Vooren follow one of the operators being made redundant. Their film is an ode to the ingenuity of water management and, at the same time, a warning about the effects of human interventions in the landscape. The question is whether the river will remain navigable.

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    film • city • architecture 9 - 13 Oct. 2024