Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2015
Otto Reuchlinweg 996, 3072 Rotterdam, Netherlands, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The eighth Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) takes place at LantarenVenster cinema from 8 to 11 October this year. Featuring over one hundred international documentaries, feature films and short films, as well as debates, lectures and seminars, the festival provides a podium for discussing the city and future of spatial development. Film is one of the most accessible media for addressing complex urban design and architectural subjects. By programming films in a particular context and complementing them with debates involving filmmakers, architects, philosophers and urban designers, the festival appeals to a wide, international audience. Attracting some six thousand lovers of the city, architecture and cinema, AFFR is now the biggest architecture film festival in the world. PROGRAMME CATEGORIES AFFR highlights a range of themes related to topical issues. Some films reflect recent developments in cinema and architecture, while others are more analytical and critical in nature. The central theme of AFFR 2015 is GLOBAL HOME. || GLOBAL HOME || Definitions of home and belonging are tied to changes in the world. While travel from continent tocontinent has become easier,we are capable of solving everything at the push of a button fromour desk. Questions prompted include: how does the rising number of temporary inhabitants change the city? What will the new (network) city look like? How do you make a home when you are uprooted? Will the city of the future be one big hotel? Where do the boundaries lie between permanency and temporariness, identity and anonymity, the built and the virtual house? Featuring a number of intriguing films, AFFR discusses the city of the future with filmmakers, philosophers and researchers. CONCRETE STORIES (Lorentz Findeisen, 2014) Wonderful film in which the residents of ‘concrete homes’ in Europe talk about life in industrial social housing complexes. The film zooms in on the European standardization that has dominated the lives of many people, and on the conflicting ideologies between West and East. || THE MAD ARCHITECT || That similar minds are responsible for the most prominent and creative buildings is borne out inthe programme category The Mad Architect. CONCRETE LOVE (Maurizius Staerkle-Drux, 2014) Following the daily routine of the now ninety-four-year-old architect Gottfried Böhm, this filmpaints an intimate portrait of the architect and the complexity and inseparability of work, love and art. || CITY COPY PASTE || A recurring task in urban design, unfortunately, is to reconstruct city districts after calamities and wars. At the same time, copies of existing cities are built elsewhere in the hope of replicating the cultural success of the original. With these films we want to provoke discussion about the value of reconstruction and authenticity. THE CHINESE MAYOR (Zhou Hao, 2015) To stimulate economic growth and tourism in Datong, China’s most polluted city, the communist mayor Geng Yango is destroying 140,000 homes and relocating the occupants in order to facilitatereconstruction of the old city wall. Impressive documentary made by the young filmmaker Zhou Hao, who was given remarkable access to the mayor. || BETON BRUT || Material used to construct many an iconic building, and the chief material that shapedmodernism. Films about the heyday of brutalism, the deployment of concrete, and its value. MODERN RUIN: A WORLD’S FAIR PAVILION (Matthew Silva, 2015) New York State Pavilion, once the symbol of the World’s Fair in New York, 1964/1965, now an eerie reminder of what later became known as the years of optimism: the first half of the 1960s. || LATIN AMERICA || Attention this year for the continent where both architectural and cinematographic production improves every year: South America AMANCIO WILLIAMS (Gerardo Panero, 2013) Williams was the key figure of modern architecture in Argentina, recognized and admired the world over for his famous Casa sobre el arroyo, which was reduced to ruins by a fire. The documentary tells the story of the architect’s life, work and biggest projects. ** As the film programme is not yet finalized, only one confirmed film is listed here in each category. The complete programme will be available in August, and up until then new films will be confirmed daily.