A good film is always a source of inspiration and distraction from the hasty everyday life. What’s better than a feature film that speaks of architecture and design? Here you are my top three to be seen this year.
When I’m tired or when it has been a hard day, one of the things that relaxes me most is seeing a good movie.
In those couple of hours I can distract myself from the hustle delusional everyday, to make peace with my head above all, which is always in activity.
Since I’m a movie addicted, I like all genres and I also very much like documentaries themed architecture and design.
If you, like me, you’re a cinephile, surely you know all the festivals that have been developing in recent years; the closest to us is the Milan Design Film Festival (MDFF), which ended in October.
There are similar throughout the world and they are really plenty of creativity and pleasant discoveries.
I made a very personal skimming (really spoiled for choice ..) and I want to share with you the documentaries that I would like to see in this 2017, it’s a promise :-)
#1 CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE
In this documentary six directors alternate, to describe many buildings. The idea comes from Wim Wenders, who is also executive producer.
These are the “culture cathedrals” spoken of: the Berlin Philharmonic (Wim Wenders), The Russian National Library (Michael Glawogger), the Halden Prison (Michael Madsen), the Salk Institute (Robert Redford), the Palace of ‘Opera in Oslo (Margreth Olin), the Centre Pompidou (Karim Ainouz).
This is the main idea:
If those buildings could talk, what would they say?
Thanks to 3D technology we are immersed in these architecture’s past, present and future story.
Presented out of competition at the 73rd edition of the Venice Film Festival, the documentary REM occurs not only as a biography of the great architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas; it is also a journey of discovery of the human being and of the way we live together.
Many places in the world touched by the film: from New York to Doha, via Venice and Beijing. Step by step into the discovery of the great architect.
#3 EERO SAARINEN: THE ARCHITECT WHO SAW THE FUTURE
Last but not least, a documentary presented at the Architecture & Design Film Festival in Seoul on Eero Saarinen.
The Finnish architectural giant is told in this feature film through his son, director of photography, Eric Saarinen.
Discovering and visiting all the architect’s creations in the United States, we have the opportunity to also understand the influence he has had, breaking the patterns of the past in order to create a new American aesthetic.