OFFICIAL SECTION 2022
With more than one billion units worldwide, the popular MONOBLOC plastic chair is the best-selling piece of furniture ever. A fast-paced journey across 5 continents shows us the lights and shadows of this controversial design object that continues to captivate the world.
BUILDING BASTILLE. THE TANGLED AND IMPROBABLE STORY OF THE OPERA BASTILLE
A half-billion dollar project, a monumental architectural challenge, an impossible deadline, two warring political titans and an inexperienced architect who no one has heard of. What could go wrong?
A delightful kaleidoscope of grotesque characters, absurd moments, everyday episodes and trivial incidents shows the original transformation of an old power plant into a cultural institution in the centre of Moscow.
Benji Bergmann y Jono Bergmann
The first documentary dedicated to visionary designer Bruce Mau offers the untold story of his unlikely rise in the creative world and how he has managed to push the boundaries of design through optimism.
EL LADO QUIETO
Carolina Fusilier y Miko Revereza
The island of Capaluco is located on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Once a popular international tourist enclave, it is now completely abandoned. Navigating through the ruins of this spectacular resort, The Still Side speculates on the future inhabitants of this decadent and abandoned empire.
PLAN PARA BUENOS AIRES
A fascinating documentary that tells the story of an obsession, the story of how Le Corbusier desperately fought to become the urban planner to devise a new capital for Argentina, and how his Buenos Aires plan sank in the attempt.
The Villages is the largest retirement community in the United States, an 82.87km2 luxury gated community for 150,000 residents. Outside its walls, neighbours feel threatened by the ever-expanding development and live in constant fear of displacement.
BCN-BXL. Coderch-De Koninck. Beyond Time.
What do the rationalist architecture of Belgian Louis Herman de Koninck and that of Barcelona’s José Antonio Coderch have in common? A short documentary in which the two architects and their works dialogue and investigate what it means to inhabit an iconic house.
Director Peiman Zekavat observes and films his neighbours during their first weeks of lockdown in London. The result is a highly personal, sarcastic and humorous story reminiscent of Hitchcock’s Rear Window but with an unexpected and revealing ending.
Haunted Houses explores historical writings about Eileen Gray and Adolf Loos and the close links between their two architectural works, found in archives that the director rescues from the drawers of oblivion.
On a Cambodian mountaintop, a diligent real estate agent lives alone and abandoned amidst the remains of the Plateau, a city planned years ago and never completed. To cope with the loneliness, he imagines daily life in this absurd real estate project, now covered by jungle.
What happens when an architect falls out of love with one of his buildings, which is also the house he designed and built for his family?
OSLAVIA – The Cave of the Past Future
Ila Bêka, Luise Lemoine
An archaeological journey through Giacomo Balla’s flat by Beka & Lemoine, the only filmmakers allowed entering the space, which has remained sealed and untouched since the death of the renowned Futurist artist in 1958.
ROBIN HOOD GARDENS: A BRIEF HISTORY
A visual tribute to the Robin Hood Gardens project by architects Alison and Peter Smithson, a vestige of Brutalist Architecture and a peculiar example of social housing in England. Accompanied by the voiceover of its architects, the piece traces this highly contested housing complex demolished in 2017.
In Armenia, 230 metres underground, a salt mine houses a very unusual underground clinic: medical staff in white coats and protective helmets practice speleotherapy on patients with respiratory problems. This unusual therapeutic centre unveils an unknown underground world and offers us wonderful surreal moments.
WINDOWS FROM HERE
Luciano Vidigal y Arthur Sherman
In the midst of lockdown and institutional neglect, the residents of the Vidigal favela in Rio de Janeiro transmit, through their windows, reflections on the pandemic and criticisms of a system that has failed them once again in these exceptional times.
EXTREME AESTHETIC NONSENSE
Pablo Ros Cardona y Raquel Fernández Núñez
An experimental piece reflecting on the wild and elitist process of building the great cities of the future, through fragments of King Vidor’s classic The Fountainhead.
A PARTICULAR CITY
A French woman, rivers, abandoned buildings in the water, deserted streets during the summer, a bridge, many buildings, secret guards, a circus, and more stories that happen in a city.
THE (OPPRESSIVE) FISHTANK ENVIRONMENT
Caterina Miralles Tagliabue
London is losing its essence to modernity and development. What if the city’s streets and billboards, instead of indoctrinating us with commodity culture and consumerism, warned us about it?
[ON SET WITH] LILLY REICH
A young professor decides to investigate the work of the designer and architect Lilly Reich and contrast it with her recognition in the media. To do so, she takes a journey through the main places where Reich had a significant presence.
VALLDAURA: A QUARANTINE DESIGN
A group of young architects spend their lockdown in the middle of the Collserola Park, where they must complete a collective and sustainable architecture Project. But the pandemic and isolation put their emotions and ideals to the test.
Hannah Elbke, Natalia Anna Ciepiel
A community in a social housing area of Copenhagen is in danger. The neighbours, powerless in the face of possible evictions or forced relocations, decide to turn to The Healing, a performance-ritual of art and creativity to save them from their uncertain fate.