10–14 Oct 2018
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Film – City – Architecture
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ETIENNE DESROSIERS | CANADA, UNITED STATES 2016 | 103 MIN. | FRENCH, ENGLISH | SUBTITLES: EN | FEATURE FILM, DOCUMENTARY
When Roger D’Astous completed his architecture studies in Montréal in 1952, he decided to take an internship at the office of Frank Lloyd Wright in Taliesin. A golden opportunity for the budding architect, technically and intellectually. The talent of D’Astous was recognized immediately, but when Wright invited the Canadian to come and work for him full time, the latter declined.
The Novgorod Spaceship
ANDREI ROZEN | RUSSIA | 46 MIN. | RUSSIAN | SUBTITLES: EN | DOCUMENTARY
On the banks of the River Volga, in the Russian city of Novgorod, a bizarre spaceship landed in the late 1960s. This was the Dostoevsky Drama Theatre, a modernist masterpiece of unearthly proportions. It was intended to halt the trek to the big cities by promoting the cultural life of Novgorod. Forty years later, it remains an impressive building that recalls the golden years of Soviet Architecture. But local people are less impressed.
Lutah a passion for architecture: a life in design
KUM-KUM BHAVNANI | UNITED STATES 2016 | 65 MIN. | ENGLISH | DOCUMENTARY
A film about the American architect Lutah Maria Riggs. At one time she was one of the few female architects in California, and the first female member of the American Institute of Architects. A remarkable architect whose work, which is so connected with American tradition, is attracting more and more interest. A film about perseverance and a love of details.
Behind the stone wall
MAGALI ROUCAUT | FRANCE 2016 | 59 MIN. | FRENCH | SUBTITLES: EN | DOCUMENTARY
Wonderful film about the fate of a small factory building, and the people who work there, in a Paris neighbourhood. Everything changes when a property developer erects a sign to announce the construction of luxury apartments in the old factory. The film contains a final, fond farewell to a world that will cease to exist. Behind the Stone Wall tells the universal story about the disappearance of small industries from western cities and the effects on social cohesion.
Mission Statements – the architecture of Dutch diplomacy
Jord den Hollander | 2011 | 60 MIN | English and Dutch, English subtitles
The film Mission Statements tells the story of four of the most outspoken new embassies. Paramaribo (Suriname) by Lafour & Wijk architects, the first in the row and the most vulnerable as it was built in the former colony Suriname. The Berlin embassy by Rem Koolhaas, that went 4 times over budget and became a hot spot for tourists. The embassy in Maputo (Mozambique) by Claus and Kaan architects, built in a country that just survived a bloody civil war. The embassy in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) by Bjarne Mastenbroek and Dick van Gameren, strongly referring to the Ethiopian monolithic rock hewn churches.
Five seasons: the gardens of Piet Oudolf
THOMAS PIPER | UNITED STATES 2017 | 75 MIN. | DUTCH, ENGLISH | ONDERTITELING: EN | DOCUMENTARY
A film about the enthusiasm of a restless searcher. The work of Piet Oudolf is famed the world over. His design for the High Line in New York is perhaps his most celebrated work. By viewing seasons not as limitations but by using them to his advantage, Oudolf designs schemes that evolve in exciting fashion. But the hand of the master is always evident. In the film he talks about his vision of design, and shows that architecture is about more than stone and concrete.
KOGONADA | UNITED STATES 2017 | 104 MIN. | ENGLISH |
I.M. Pei, Eero and Eliel Saarinen, Cesar Pelli, Richard Meier, Robert Venturi: they all built in Columbus, Ohio. The city is a Mecca for lovers of modern architecture. The ideal décor for a feature film in which the death of an architect brings the family together again. Although this is a brilliantly filmed tour of the city's most beautiful buildings, is the architecture capable of healing the wounds within the family?
JEROEN VISSER | NETHERLANDS 2017 | 45 MIN. | DUTCH | NO SUBTITLES
With a healthy dose of goodwill and bravura, you could view Scheveningen Pier as the Coney Island of the Netherlands. Like the Euromast, the pier was designed by Hugh Maaskant with no other aim than recreation. But fifty years later, none of its huge popularity remains. Many efforts were made to reverse the outdated structure's decline. A new owner now offers renewed hope. This film is Dutch spoken, there are
THOMAS BEYER, ADRIAN DORSCHNER | GERMANY 2015 | 61 MIN. |
If Erich Honecker had seen Bowlingtreff, he would have put it on wheels and rolled it to Berlin, comments somebody as they recall this bowling alley in Leipzig. Built in 1987, Bowlingtreff unleashed a minor revolution. The postmodern architecture of the building was unprecedented, even drawing the admiration of the ‘godmother van postmodernism’ herself, Denise Scott Brown. In this revealing film, the DDR's ambition to keep up is almost touching. Parquet flooring, a glazed roof and pink columns: it sought to exude the wealth of the perfidious West. Los Angeles in the DDR.
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.
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10 - 14 Oct. 2018
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