10–14 Oct 2018
film • stad • architectuur
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City for Sale
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David Borenstein | 2016 | 73 min | Documentaire
To sell property in Chinese cities, the firm Yana organizes performances by foreigners. White and black people, lacking any musical talent, who play at openings and open viewings. What matters is not their talent but their skin colour. Foreigners are ‘bankable’ exotics who lend the city an international character. The more international the city, the more valuable the property. In the
-like city of Chongqing,
tells the hilarious story of one of the many excesses of the rapid growth of China.
Relics of the Future
Rob Lindsay | 2017 | 62 min | Documentary
The Rotterdam born photographer Toni Hafkenscheid wants to photograph the world as he saw it as a boy in the book
Wonders of the World
. With a fascination for futuristic architecture like Marina City in Chicago, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and Habitat 67 in Montreal. In this warm-hearted documentary, he takes us on a fascinating journey to his
Relics of the Future
, back to the world of The Jetsons and Thunderbirds!
What we have made
Fanny Tondre | 2016 | 71 min | public favourite AFFR 2017
Shot in wonderful black-and-white, "
What We Have Made"
captures the choreography of a large building site. Everybody plays their role ingeniously, as the building slowly takes shape. Small portraits show construction workers talking about their work, their highs and lows, and about what the building site teaches them about life. There hasn't been a better film about the life of a building site.
Cholet – the work of Freddy Mamani
Isaac Niemand | 2017 | 64 min | OPENING AFFR 2017
Is it kitsch or authentic? A wonder is unfolding at an altitude above 4000 metres in the Bolivian boomtown of El Alto. For the past fifteen years, self-made architect Freddy Mamani has been building his Cholets here. With their hallucinating colours and unruly baroque forms, the buildings are striking jewels in a predominantly drab landscape.
Eric Bricker | 2008 | 75 min | OPENING AFFR 2009
Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away in 2009, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry.
Reaching for the sky
Bert Oosterveld & Peter Franken | 2013 | 59 min.
Dutch architects Mark Hemel and his wife Barbara Kuit won the architecture competition to design the highest television tower in the world in Guangzhou, China. It’s their first assignment after having participated in several prestigious design contests and their dream to build an icon becomes reality.
Imre Azem | 2011 | 88 min. | opening AFFR 2011
Istanbul wants to play in the big leagues. 2010 it was the European City of Culture. It has its heart set on winning the 2020 Olympic bid. And the government wants it to be the financial centre of the region. At fifteen million, its population is twice the size of London's, and looks set to double by 2030. But there is every sign that this unchecked growth is coming at a devastating cost.
The Babushka’s of Chernobyl
Holly Morris & Anne Bogart | 2015 | 70 min.
Sweet elderly Ukrainian women pick berries and eat mushrooms as researchers look on in horror. That food contains far too high levels of radiation! The babushkas are a remarkable phenomenon. Risking their own health, they have continued to live within the exclusion zone around Chernobyl, but it now turns out that they are living longer and healthier than their former neighbours who were evacuated after the disaster.
A tender film that follows the daily routine of the 93-year-old architect Gottfried Böhm, renowned for his concrete architecture, such as the brutalist church in Neviges. Gottfried was the son and grandson of architects, and his three sons are also architects. This unique family represents a nice cross-section of German architectural history.
Kleiburg, de laatste Bijlmerflat
Jeroen Visser | 2013 | 51 min.
The fascinating account by filmmaker Jeroen Visser about the once-applauded, but rapidly-abused Bijlmermeer in Amsterdam. On completion in the late sixties the estate was called the apotheosis of Dutch public housing. A neighbourhood that would bring happiness to tens of thousands of poorly-housed Amsterdammers. But the neighbourhood was quickly criticised owing to its huge scale, inhospitable atmosphere and lack of security. The Kleiburg block is the pars pro toto where glory, decline and cautious resurrection are visible.
Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine | 2014 | 92 min.
Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine are the makers of Koolhaas Houselife, and have since made an impressive series of architecture documentaries. Barbicania documents a month of living and working on the Barbican Estate, the famous brutalist complex in London.
Winter / Zima (short)
Cristina Picchi | 2013 | 13 min.
A portrait of seasons in Siberia. People talk about how they adapt to one of the harshest climates in the world, where civilization constantly fights and embraces nature. Prize-winner at the Locarno Film Festival.
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10 - 14 Oct. 2018
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