The Temple of Bêka & Lemoine

UK Premiere


The Architecture Film Festival London is delighted to present The Temple of Bêka & Lemoine, a Capsule dedicated to the works of Bêka & Lemoine,  featuring the UK premiere of Homo Urbanus (2018), a cinematic odyssey offering a vibrant tribute to a form of architecture that is often neglected: the public square.

Their 10 films will be available in two formats, over the course of two weekends.

This Temple of Bêka & Lemoine is produced with the support of the Italian Institute of Culture in London.

Film Programme


Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine, Italy, 2019



Walking in unknown cities to collect impressions, to catch a vibration, to gather situations and things seen at the angle of a street, on a crossroad, from the top of a building. Depicting a city in its present, in the simplicity of its daily life. Listening to its rumble, the sound of its depths. Slipping into its rhythm. To be on the lookout, in a continuous wonder towards the imagination and creativity men have managed to develop to find a way to live together. Asking ourselves what makes a city, trying to understand its silent rules, its habits, its imperfections, its difficulties, and its unique way to answer the endless question: Where do we go? This project tries to collect a few elements of answer. These visual notes, made on the fly, look at the urban inhabitant within his group and in his deep solitude, redrawing the outline of each city following a sentimental geography.

This work is a long-term research project developed in 10 different cities over the world: Seoul, Bogota, Naples, Saint-Petersburg, Rabat, Tokyo, Kyoto, Shanghai, Doha and Venice. Born as an artistic commission for the Agora Biennale in Bordeaux around the theme of the moving landscapes, these videos plunge into cities in a spontaneous and subjective approach with very modest means in order to translate in the closest possible way the feel of their constant moving nature: their human landscape. Presented in a comparative dynamic through the lens of a selection of themes and issues linked with the street daily life, the videos enable us to perceive each of these different urban contexts as an experimental, local and unique laboratory answering the same global challenge of how can we live all together.

Homo Urbanus Bogotanus – Bogotá, 43 min
Homo Urbanus Petroburgumus – Saint-Petersburg, 41 min
Homo Urbanus Rabatius – Rabat, 50 min
Homo Urbanus Seoulianus – Seoul, 44 min
Homo Urbanus Neapolitanus – Naples, 50 min
Homo Urbanus Tokyoitus – Tokyo, 55 min
Homo Urbanus Kyotoitus – Kyoto, 84 min
Homo Urbanus Dohanus – Doha, 62 min
Homo Urbanus Shanghaianus – Shanghai, 72 min
Homo Urbanus Venetianus – Venice, 62 min



Private-public space

Modern Times

Taking care (empty/full)

Quiet chaos


Food / Markets

City playground

About Me

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