Recap: Silent Runningwith the Day and Night of Architecture - AFFR
9–13 Oct 2024
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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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Special screening Rotterdam Architecture Month

Recap: Silent Running
with the Day and Night of Architecture

On Saturday 15 June, AFFR and the Day and Night of Architecture presented a special, one-off and completely sold-out screening of Douglas Trumbull's science fiction classic Silent Running (1972) - the first real environmental film, with a message that is just as urgent today than as it was when the film was released. The filmscreening was part of the programme of Rotterdam Architecture Month '24 and took place in the Henket Pavilion of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen - thé chance to see this film in a unique setting.

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The 1972 film is still relevant today, not only because of its urgent ecological message, but also because of its groundbreaking set designs – which have clearly been inspired by the work of the architect Buckminster Fuller. Director Trumbull himself was also a major figure: he created the special effects for many legendary sci-fi films, from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) to Blade Runner (1982). Viewed as a cult classic, Silent Running inspired countless sci-fi films, among them Star Wars.

A selection from the media about the screening [Dutch only]:

Focus: Day and Night of Architecture: cult classic Silent Running, Jos van den Burg, Filmkrant
The terrifying topicality of a fifty-year-old feature film‘, Wies Sanders & Marina van den Bergen, Archined

The film inspired dancer Hassani – who is a programme maker at HipHopHuis and represents both Suriname and the Netherlands in international dance battles – to create a special performance which served as an introduction to the screening.

[photography: Aad Hoogendoorn]

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About Silent Running:

‘If you haven’t seen it, you need to see it. Why? Because it looks fabulous, and up until this day, it remains one of the most moving films I’ve ever seen. It is an absolute masterpiece, and it’s better than 2001,’ 
Mark Kermode, filmcriticus voor de BBC

The year is 2001: the earth is uninhabitable; humankind has destroyed nature through pollution and neglect. The USS Valley Forge spacecraft orbits Saturn with on board the planet’s last remaining trees and plants. Will the botanist Freeman Lowell succeed in saving humanity’s last hope?

film • city • architecture 9 - 13 Oct. 2024