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Programme

We are proud to present to you the eleventh edition of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam. Once again our editors — assisted by a team of critical viewers — have scouted and selected a range of films about the city and architecture, and gathered them into an exciting programme. It includes portraits of well-known or lesser-known designers, activist essays about pressing problems, hilarious reflections on bygone times, and tranquil scenes of great beauty.  ...

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Timetable

Choose from more than 85 films, talk shows and debates.

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Opening Night 2019

On Wednesday 9 October, AFFR kicks off its eleventh edition with the European premiere of The Real Thing (Benoit Felici, 2018). From London’s Tower Bridge in China, Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Ivory Coast, Benoit Felici has filmed life-size replica’s of iconic architecture around the world focusing on the role of authenticity and the results of globalization. The screening will...

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Ticket sale

Tickets for AFFR 2019 are now on sale.

At AFFR you can buy individual tickets for all films of the festival every day. With a Festival pass you can watch all films at the festival, including the opening night in Theater Rotterdam. If you want to spend a whole day without having to choose, buy an Architectenweb Best or AFFR-pass with...

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Lost in Transition

Enormous population growth, climate change, mass migration and increasing social inequality; the world is currently in a state of great flux. Insecurity is becoming paramount to our concerns now that new global forces arise, the power of populist movements is growing and pressure mounts on the European project. With the theme ‘Lost in Transition’ AFFR 2019 explores the need for...

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Information

The eleventh AFFR takes place from 9 to 13 October 2019. After the opening film, the festival moves to LanterenVenster cinema. This year the AFFR will again welcome dozens of international filmmakers and an expected 7500 fans of films, city and architecture from all over the world. 

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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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Organisation

The people behind the festival

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Press

Press information

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A Concrete Cinema (Luz Ruciello, 2017) best rated film AFFR 2019

The film 'A Concrete Cinema' by director Luz Ruciello, was chosen by the audience as the best film of AFFR 2019. The film achieved the highest average score. The film shows the life of Omar, who is a bricklayer by…
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Best of AFFR SOLD OUT
Last separate tickets now available!

Women in American architecture, the inventor of the modern suspension bridge in the United States, fake Western districts in the Far East, the recent religious work of architect Mario Botta, and the under-exposed spiritual dimensions of modern architecture. That, in a nutshell, is what’s in store during the Best of AFFR.

Best of AFFR SOLD OUT<br>Last separate tickets now available!

by Michiel van Raaij

As in previous years, you can watch these five films one after another during the Best of AFFR. Binge viewing, but with the five best architecture films of the festival. What better way to spend an autumn afternoon!

Incidentally, this afternoon’s films have something in common: they let you look anew at something you may have thought you knew. That’s the case with the first film, City Dreamers. Were modernism and postmodernism driven by men alone? That remains to be seen, as this documentary makes clear. For without a young Canadian woman, Mies van der Rohe would not have built one of his most important works, the Seagram Building in New York, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture would not exist. This documentary seeks out a number of women who made a vital contribution to the development of architecture in the 1960s and 1970s. Very inspiring.

Quitting your job and lobbying for two years for a remarkably slender bridge design you believe in, but that is rejected by your master? The engineer Othmar Ammann – ever heard of him? — did just that and set a new standard in the United States with his suspension bridge. The documentary Gateways to New York reconstructs his life, from his arrival in New York from Europe, to his many highs and lows, to his close collaboration with city planner Robert Moses. Interspersed with wonderful images of how these bridges were built.

A piece of Paris has been rebuilt in a suburb of Shanghai, complete with nineteenth-century facades and an Eiffel Tower – albeit somewhat smaller than the original. In similar fashion, a replica of Saint Peter’s Basilica has been built in Ivory Coast. You may find that ridiculous, contends filmmaker Benoit Felici, but how do these places really work? The Real Thing is a fascinating documentary that looks beyond preconceptions and lets the people who actually use these places have their say. What is daily life like here? Quite pleasant, in turns out, in the Parisian neighbourhood of Shanghai. And the replica of Saint Peter’s is an important public building in Ivory Coast. Which leads the filmmaker to put some important questions to viewers. What exactly is wrong with these replicas? And by the way, isn’t the west actually full of replicas?

Swiss architect Mario Botta is 76 years old and concentrates largely on religious buildings now. The documentary Mario Botta: The Space Beyond follows the architect as he works on a large church in South Korea and revisits his earlier religious projects — from synagogues to mosques. A professional at work.

The Architectenweb Best of AFFR concludes early in the evening with the documentary Architecture of Infinity, which explores the spiritual dimensions of modern architecture through the work of, among others, Peter Zumthor, Peter Märkli and Alvaro Siza. That sounds woolly, and it is a bit, but the filmmaker has a point. Like all good films, it leaves an indelible impression on the viewer. Could it…?

Architectenweb Best of AFFR (Sold Out)
Sunday 13 October, 12:30 – 21:00
Cinema 3, LantarenVenster

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12:30 – 13:50 | City Dreamers
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14:15 – 15:45 | Gateways to New York
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16:00 – 17:10 | The Real Thing
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18:00 – 19:20 | Mario Botta. The Space Beyond
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19:30 – 21:00 | Architecture of Infinity
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Sunday 13 October
12:30 – 21:00hrs
Cinema 3, LantarenVenster
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19:30 – 21:00 | Architecture of Infinity
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film • city • architecture 7 - 11 Oct. 2020
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