Festival 2016

THE INFINITE HAPPINESS

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What does life look like within one of the world’s most interesting residential complexes. Built in the Copenhagen suburbs by the famous Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (BIG), “8 House” has changed the lives of those who inhabit it. Just like a game of lego, The Infinite Happiness draws the lines of a human map, allowing the viewers to discover the building from an intimate perspective – that of the residents...

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A WALNUT TREE

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What does  a refugee camp look like. An elderly man tells us the story of his homelands, while his longing for home follows him far and near. He wants to go back, but that place is no longer there. His family, just like himself, have been forced to leave Pakistan due  to the seemingly endless war...

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THE DESTRUCTION OF MEMORY

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During the last century, the destruction of cultural heritage has had catastrophical consequences all over the world, and said war against culture is far from over. Unfrotunately, it’s impact is growing. In both Syria and Iraque, the so-called ”cradles of civilization”, thousands of years worth of cultural heritage dissappear as we speak, and through the ruination of the patrimony, the memory of these places is ruined as well...

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TEN MINUTES MAYORS. PART OF ACTOPOLIS/BUCHAREST-SOUTH 

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Inhabitants of the Southern (the less privileged and known) part of Bucharest were invited to imagine that the area has become an independent city and that they were elected its mayors. They received a (mobile) office and some official insignia. The game turned into serious business when the mayors had to swear an oath and to assume visions and – more importantly – tough decisions...

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WATERMARK

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Filmed in ultra high-definition and imbued with spectacular aerial perspectives, this documentary shows us that water is a defining element for our planet, reminding us at the same time of the need we harbor for it. In Watermark, the viewer dives in a world defined by this force of nature, which we too often take for granted; until it runs out...

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THE OYLER HOUSE: RICHARD NEUTRA’S DESERT RETREAT

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In the year 1959, Richar Oyler, a public clerk from the small town of Lone Pine, California, requests that the well-known architect Richard Neutra build his house. To Oyler’s surprise, Neutra agreed. This was the start to a most unusual friendship which led to the creation of one of the architectural masterpieces of the 20th century...

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LOST RIVERS

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Not so long ago, almost every city in the world was transited by rivers. Why did they disappear. How did they vanish. And can we ever see them again. This documentary tries to find answers by corroborating with visionary urban thinkers, activists and artists from around the world, in the effort of understanding the past, present and future of the forgotten urban rivers...

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AMARE GIO PONTI

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This film is meant as a portrayal of the man and architect Gio Ponti. Throughout his career (which surpasses 50 years), Ponti has experimented with arts, crafts, objects, architecture and materials; his creation ranged from small to big – from the creation of a doorknob, to the urban planning of a city...

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FRANCO’S PROMISE

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The village of Belchite in Aragon is emblematic for the collective oblivion that took over Spain after the Civil War. Today, the broken memory of its population is lost amongst the ruins of the old village (destroyed by battles during the war), and throughout the streets of the new establishment, built by dictator Franco...

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AUTOPCITY

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This film takes shape in the form of an investigative documentary, exploring a town adrift: Chinșinău. Joined by a group of researchers, academics, architects, sociologists, urban activists and visual artists, the director probed the transformation processes and the urban planning undergone by the city before and after the proclamation of Independence at 1991...

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GETTING FRANK GEHRY

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After a career defined by genuine ideas and controversy, the architect Frank Gehry unveiled his first project in Australia, and the local community can’t decide whether it’s a triumph or a failure. The University of Technology in Sydney is also called the “a squashed paper bag” by its critics...

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THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL

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Approximately 100 women refuse to leave their homeland within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. While most of their neighbors are long gone and their husbands have died one by one, those elderly women stubbornly hold out. Why do they insist in living within a perimeter deemed by both scientists and the Ukrainian Government as uninhabitable...

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