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Grand Old Man: Mies van der Rohe

Destiny called Tugendhat

(ČR, 2012, Rudolf Chudoba, 52 min.)

A story of one enlightened investor and his family, of the extraordinary villa by architect Mies van der Rohe and its rebirth in a documentary by Rudolf Chudoba.

Haus Tugendhat

(Germany, 2013, Dieter Reifarth, 116 min.)

Documentary by the German director and producer Dieter Reifarths tells the history and the story of soul of Villa Tugendhat in Brno and the destinies of its inhabitants.

Sunday, 1 October, 4 pm, Prague Gallery, I. P. Pavlova 5

Grand Old Man: Mies van der Rohe

Mies

(USA, 1986, Michael Blackwood, 58 min.)

Modern architecture cannot be understood without gaining some insight into the work of Mies van der Rohe. Film documents not only his life and the most famous of his buildings, but also offers some historic footage where this architect discusses ho philosophy. Architect Phyllis Lambert explains why she chose Mies van der Rohe for the Seagram Building. Architect Robert A. M. Stern, Robert Venturi, Philip Johnson, his pupils and historians discuss his lasting legacy and importance.

Mies van der Rohe: Architecture as language

(CH, 2015, Alexandre Favre, 5 min.)

Saturday, 1 October, 6 pm, Světozor Cinema, Vodičkova 41, admittance 100,-/80,-

My home, my…

Barbicania

(Great Britain / France, 2014, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, 90 min.)

The London residential complex and cultural centre Barbican represents one of the most striking examples of the brutalist architecture in the world. This film tracks, in the form of a diary, the day to day life and operation of this extraordinary structure and some of its somewhat eccentric inhabitants.

Month of Sundays + Paradoxical Planes

(Great Britain, 2014, Callum Cooper, 4 min.)

Saturday, 1 October, 7 pm, French Institute in Prague - Kino 35, Štěpánská 35

My home, my…

The Greater Things

(Great Britain / Japan, 2015, Vahid Hakimzadeh, 66 min.)

Film essay without words about space and human relationships uncovers unusual places we inhabit and examines how can these spaces make us come together or divide us.

Saturday, 1 October, 8.30 pm, Světozor Cinema, Vodičkova 41

Grand Old Man: Mies van der Rohe

Destiny called Tugendhat

(ČR, 2012, Rudolf Chudoba, 52 min.)

A story of one enlightened investor and his family, of the extraordinary villa by architect Mies van der Rohe and its rebirth in a documentary by Rudolf Chudoba.

Colonnade Park

(Austria/USA, 2011, Heidrun Holzfeind, 54 min.)

Mies van der Rohe did not just design homes for the rich, he also designed a complex of residential houses in Newark (New Jersey) in the 1960s. A documentary on how people like living there was made by Heidrun Holzfeind.

Mies van der Rohe: Architecture as language

(CH, 2015, Alexandre Favre, 5 min.)

Sunday, 2 October, 6 pm, Světozor Cinema, Vodičkova 41

Grand Old Man: Mies van der Rohe

Haus Tugendhat

(Germany, 2013, Dieter Reifarth, 116 min.)

Documentary by the German director and producer Dieter Reifarths tells the history and the story of soul of Villa Tugendhat in Brno and the destinies of its inhabitants.

Mies van der Rohe: Architecture as language

(CH, 2015, Alexandre Favre, 5 min.)

Sunday, 2 October, 8.30 pm, Světozor Cinema, Vodičkova 41,

Archi.Cult

Contempt

(France, 1963, Jean-Luc Godard, 103 min)

Captivating Brigitte Bardot plays the disdainful Camille, wife of the equally charismatic Michele Piccoli, who plays the struggling screenwriter in the adaptation of Albert Moravia’s novel. This cult film directed by Jean-Luc Godard continues to fascinate film fans and architecture lovers alike, mainly thanks to montage of long takes shot in the famous Casa Malaparte designed by Adalbert Liberty on Capri island.

Monday 3.October, 7 pm, French Institute in Prague - Kino 35, Štěpánská 35

My home, my…

Where Architects Live

(Italy, 2014, Francesca Molteni, 78 min.)

Where do famous architects live? In what houses, what do they surround themselves with, how do their work places look? Francesca Molteni visited Zaha Hadid, Daniel Liebeskind, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield and other top architects and destroyed the cliché that chaos gives birth to the best ideas.

Monday, 3 October, 6 pm, Světozor Cinema, Vodičkova 41

My home, my…

A Tropical House

(Austria, 2015, Karl-Heinz Klopf, 51 min.)

A Tropical House is this director’s second film meditation focusing this time on a house of architect Andra Matin, which he built in Bintaro, suburb of Jakarta. Film is composed of long static shots, which introduce Matin’s house to viewers floor by floor, from different angles. Shown as a part of the Documentary Mondays series.

Monday, 3 October, 8.30 pm, Světozor Cinema, Vodičkova 41

Film and architecture in Visegrád countries

CONFERENCE

A collection of films on this topic from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary represents our contribution to architecture film festival platform project and a part of the conference focusing on ‘Perspectives of architecture films in the Visegrád countries’. A selection by the festival representatives.

Tuesday, 4 October, 2 pm, Světozor Cinema, Vodičkova 41, free admittance

Presentations:

 

1) 9 years of the Budapest Architecture Film Days
by Daniella Huszár (Curator and gallery manager at the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre)

 

2) Architecture and the public
by Marcela Steinbachová (the founder of Kruh and Architecture Day, an architect +  architect of the year 2016)

 

3) Opening up the architectural field, Theory and practice of BETON Film Festival
by Adam Przywara and Andrzej Brzózka (Curators and co-founders of BETON Film Festival, Warsaw)

 

4) DAAD/Local Global“
by Tatiana Kollarová (an architect, a promoter of architecture and design, Days of Architecture and Design Bratislava) and Števo Polakovič (an authorized architect of SKA, Days of Architecture and Design Bratislava)

Film and architecture in Visegrád countries

A block of Visegrád films: Relicts of socialist architecture (CZ) +(HU) + (SK) + (PL)

For eternity

(Haruna Honcoop, ČR, 2016, 20 min.)

Experimental and documentary project “For eternity” is a series of short 4-5 minute films using split-screens and other editing techniques to record some of the famous as well as less famous socialist architecture relics in former Soviet-bloc countries marked by significant influence of the Soviet socialist culture from the 1950s until the fall of communism, which underwent a transformation from socialist realism to modern architectonic styles such as brutalism and socialist modernism. Films combine archive footage recording these sites over time as well as notable political events associated with that architecture; the montage is accompanied by original music compositions.

Rounding Off

(Zsolt Keserue, Levente Polyák, Ágnes Dénes, HU, 2007, En.Tit ,24′)

A 22′ video (made in different phases with Zsolt Keserue and Ágnes Dénes) about the transformation of the interiors of prefabricated housing estates. Through interviews and research, the video documents attempts and practices to domesticate and alter radically planned spaces. The video has been shown in Budapest (Budapest Filmfestival), Berlin (Neuer Berliner Kunstverein), New York (Hungarian Cultural Institute), Pécs (Európa-ház), Bangalore (Shumuka Gallery) and New Delhi (Lalit Kala Academy) and Rotterdam Documentary Film Festival.

Superjednotka

(Teresa Czepiec, Poland, 2014, En.Tit, 20′)

Is it possible to change people’s lives with an idea? Architect Le Corbusier thought that numbers, measures and plans can do just that. He called his buildings “machines for living”, designed to fulfill all of the basic human needs. Superjednostka (Polish for Superunit) in Katowice is one of several trails to bring his idea to life in the XXth Century. Up to three thousand people can live on 15 floors of this huge block. The lifts only stop every three floors so the residents must go through a maze of corridors and stairs in order to get to their flats. The main characters of the documentary are people living in Superjednostka and going through important moments of their lives there. This is where their emotions throb, their expectations engender, and their desires come true... or not.
762 flat doors and 762 stories. We are opening only a few of them.

To hide under cover of darkness and make things invisible

(Slovakia, 2015, Andrea Kalinová, Martin Zaiček, Zuzana Žabková, Lucie Mičíko; no dialogues, 7')

The project Opustená (re)kreácia has been focusing on the topic of the abandoned architecture of the town Trenčianske Teplice since 2011. One of the most important cultural monuments of the former Czechoslovakia, the spa house Machnáč, has been falling into ruin since 2001. The team of authors, active in various artistic disciplines, decided to react to this situation and create an artwork that would support the survival of the abandoned Machnáč.

Tuesday, 4 October, 6 pm, Světozor Cinema, Vodičkova 41

Adam Gebrian’s Inspirations

Frei Otto: Spanning The Future

(USA, 2014, Joshua V. Hassel, 60 min.)

Documentary on the life and work of the German architect Frei Otto, a pioneer of light webbed constructions and laureate of the Pritzker Prize in 2015, who has inspired many over decades. 

One Week

(USA, 1920, Buster Keaton, 25 min.)

A debut of the American silent films titan about difficulties associated with building one’s own house. The first deconstructivist architecture before Deconstructivism.

The Desert Castle

(Norway, Eirin Gjørv, 2007, 53 min.)

The ruler of the UEA’s northernmost emirate Ras Al Khaimah has a dream – a new city in the middle of the desert. Will the Norwegian architects be able to translate that gigantic dream into reality?

Tuesday, 4 October, 8.30 pm, Světozor Cinema, Vodičkova 41

Adam Gebrian’s Inspirations and My street films

Screening of the winning film of My street film festival 2016


Precise Poetry / Lina Bo Bardi’s Architecture

(Austria / Germany, 2013, Belinda Rukschcio, 55 min.)

A film journey seeking to bring understanding of the most important projects of Lina Bo Bardi’s modernist architecture, an architect who dedicated her heart and structures to Brazil. The film was completed in time for the anniversary of the architect’s 100th birthday and is built around conversations with her colleagues and friends.

Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner

(USA, 2008, Murray Grigor, 90 min.)

A well-known film-maker Murray Grigor focuses on the life-long struggle of the visionary genius John Lautner in his endeavours  to create “architecture without the beginning or end” in this full feature-length documentary.

Wednesday, 5 October, 7 pm, French Institute in Prague - Kino 35, Štěpánská 35

My home, my…

Mikrotopie

(Sweden, 2013, Jasper Wachtmeister, 52 min.)

How many useless things surround us in our lives, and how much room do we actually need? Microtopia presents a dream of living in a small, mobile, temporary space. Eight visionaries from around the world present their radical solutions who could housing look in the future. 

Wednesday, 5 October, 6 pm, Světozor Cinema, Vodičkova 41

My Street Films

Each streets has its own story, but not each street has its own film. Project ‘My Street Films’ invites experienced and inexperienced film-makers to shoot films about places where they live, work or spend their time. The evening show will present the best of the lot shot for the film map in 2015/2016.

Wednesday, 5 October, 8.30 pm, Světozor Cinema, Vodičkova 41

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