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Together in isolation: UrbanEye Film Festival will take place online, as well as in architecture offices around the country

– Award winning documentaries about cities, living spaces or communities will be available online, between 4th and 8th of November –

Tickets are available on www.eventbook.ro

Art in Dialogue Association announces the 7th edition of the UrbanEye Film Festival, which will take place between 4-8 November online, but also in architecture offices in Romania. Like every year, UrbanEye will bring to the public, this time from all around the country, movies about cities, buildings or communities. Brought together under the “Together in isolation” theme, the documentaries offer different outlooks about living together, but also about segregation and the impact it can have on communities. The selection includes “Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On” (Michael Rieper, Lotte Schreiber, Austria, 2019), about a series of architectural and social experiments which changes the dynamics of living together, “Good Neighbours” (Stella van Voorst van Beest, The Netherlands, 2018), which explores the thin limit between discretion and indifference among neighbours, “The River and the Wall” (Ben Masters, USA, 2019), a fascinating and revealing journey along the United States border with Mexico, but also the astonishing “Enter through the Balcony” (Roman Blazhan, Ukraine, 2020) about the way in which Ukrainian people customize the balconies of their standard communist block apartments, offering them new uses.

Besides the films that can be seen online, there will be capsule-screenings in architectural offices or NGOs across the country. The curators of the festival explain:

“A festival’s role is to bring people together, but how can we do this at a time when we are being told more and more often to keep our distance? We started from this question when we had to rethink UrbanEye 2020, both at the level of curatorial process and strategical level. Our theme – Together in isolation – explores what happens when, for a reason or another, we are forced to share our spaces with another person – whether we talk about flat neighbours, family or friends. How do architects, builders or leaders conceive new housing systems and how do those who actually live there adapt? This is our topic for this year and although we will do it mostly online, we have invited architecture offices or NGOs from all over the country to our festival: together with our partners we will facilitate a film evening for people who come together and work every day, respecting all sanitary measures. We are glad that this initiative has been received with enthusiasm and that UrbanEye will manage to bring people together, in front of the same screen, even if in a different way, adapted to the times we live in.”

The film selection also includes the documentary “Walking on Water” (Andrey Paounov, Germany, 2019) about one of the most impressive projects of contemporary artist Christo, “Push” (Fredrik Gertten, Russia, 2019), a documentary analyzing the way in which the price of apartments is artificially increased, fueling a global housing crisis, or “Sing me a song” (Thomas Balmès, The Netherlands, 2020), which explores what happens when the modern technology is brought into an secluded community of Buddhist monks.

The entire selection of movies can be found on www.UrbanEye.ro. The films will be available to the public for 24 hours, according to the schedule on the website and can be accessed from all over the country. Tickets can be purchased on www.Eventbook.ro and the screening will take place on the same platform.

Partners: Urban Monkey, Carturesti

Media Partners: Radio Guerrilla, Igloo, Zeppelin Magazine

UrbanEye Film Festival is a project of Art in Dialogue Association, a cultural project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund and by the Order of Architects of Romania from the architecture stamp.

UrbanEye is a platform of ideas that, starting from the connection between the film and the city, opens up the discussion about the places in which we live. Being an inexhaustible source of history, the city is, since the beginning of cinema, the subject or framework of directorial inquiries. At the same time, cinematography contributes significantly to shaping our perception of the built environment. That is why UrbanEye is developing in several directions: the UrbanEye Film Festival, organized annually, and the UrbanEye Film Evenings, organized all around the country, throughout the year. 

For more details:

Ioan Maxim

0726 18 58 12

comunicare@urbaneye.ro