Shortlisted Films 2019

We are happy to announce the 12 shortlisted films for the International Film Competition 2019. Our [OPEN CALL] for competition received over 130 submissions from 39 countries across the globe, competing for awards in four categories:

DOCUMENTARY (Feature Length, max 120min)

FICTION (Short, max 30min)

EXPERIMENTAL (Short, max 30min)

‘BOUNDARIES’ (Short, max 30min), open to films that relate to the 2019 London Festival of Architecture theme “Boundaries”.

The films addressed a wide range of topics and visions where architecture played a central role. The selection of films for the shortlist was difficult, given the number and quality, as well as the diversity in perspectives and stories of the submitted films. We thank all directors and producers for sharing their work with us.

Documentary

Feature length, Max. 120min

Moriyama-San

Ila Beka & Louise Lemoine, France, 2018, 63′

This film highlights one week in the extraordinary-ordinary life of Mr. Moriyama, an artistically, architecturally and musically enlightened amateur who lives in one of the most famous works of contemporary Japanese architecture, the Moriyama house, built in Tokyo in 2005 by Pritzker Prize winner Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA).  By observing the intimacy of this experimental microcosm, which redefines the concept of domestic life, Ila Bêka recounts in a very spontaneous and personal way the unique personality of the owner: an urban hermit living in a small archipelago of peace and contemplation in the heart of Tokyo.

Tuscanyness

Andrea Crudeli, Italy, 2018, 46′

The contemporary Italian architecture scene is becoming increasingly dramatic, as evidenced by the decline of suburbs, abandoned buildings, and property speculation, among other effects. In this context the architects are no longer cultural leaders, landmarks and a lot of young professionals have to emigrate abroad. Tuscanyness is a movie that tells the story of this spirit of rebirth, and how it is still alive in the works and words of architects born and educated in current day Tuscany.

The Destruction of Memory

Tim Slade, US, 2016, 85′

Over the past century, cultural destruction has wrought catastrophic results across the globe. This war against culture is not over, it’s been steadily increasing. In Syria and Iraq, the “‘cradle of civilization”’, millennia of culture are being destroyed. The push to protect, salvage and rebuild has moved in step with the destruction. Based on the book of the same name by Robert Bevan, The Destruction of Memory tells the whole story.

Fiction

Short, Max. 30min

Tshweesh

Feyrouz Serhal, Germany/Lebanon/Qatar/Spain, 2017, 26′

The football World Cup kicks off today and the people of Beirut are eager for the big awaited event. Despite the day’s seemingly normal unfolding, the signal of the first match seems to be disrupted by strange audio waves. The frustration in the air increases, giving way to a bigger live event.

Angels Alone

Sebastian Tiew, UK, 2018, 10′

Angels Alone describes a prison set in the year 2035, where prisoners are rehabilitated through virtual and simulated realities. It proposes the creation of a third space to facilitate a rehabilitation program inspired by models of open-world role play games, simulation training and virtual therapies.

Post-Historical Dreaming

Rumena Trendafilova, Austria, 2018, 18′

Post-Historical Dreaming dives into the universe of five decaying Bulgarian communist monuments. In doing so, it exposes their relationship to humans’ sensitive and untrustworthy historical memories: the film understands the monuments as artefactual icons of the communist past and remaining voices of a former utopia.

Experimental

Short, Max. 30min

Paris You Got Me

Julie Boehm, Germany, 2018, 9′

“Art may change the inner as well as the external world”. That’s how our protagonist Ksenia experiences it. The street artist George lures her into his magic world of art illusions, resulting in an artistic dance about the realisation of your dreams.

The Divine Way

Ilaria Di Carlo, Germany, 2018, 15′

“The path to paradise begins in hell”. — Dante Alighieri

Loosely based on Dante’s Divine Comedy, The Divine Way takes us on a woman’s epic descent through an endless labyrinth of staircases. As this protagonist journeys deeper, the staircases mutate, trapping and pulling her deeper into this dangerous landscape while guiding us through more than fifty magnificent locations.

Urbanimatio

Hardi Volmer & Urmas Jiemees, Estonia, 2016, 8′

This film is a poetic portrayal of the evolution and devolution, ageing yet also constant regeneration of an anonymous citysphere. Its only companion and support is the music, which draws its rhythmic structures from the surrounding buildings and architectonic cadences. It makes visible by magic the dynamics of the coexistence of stone, concrete, wood and metal.

Boundaries

Short, Max. 30min

Lido

Angela Elvira Bruce, UK, 2019, 30′

LIDO is a sensory moving portrait of the Parliament Hill Lido on Hampstead Heath in London. It celebrates the art deco architecture of a much-loved public space. The film spans four seasons, showcasing the space and swimmers throughout the year. The work creates space to reflect on the relationship between water, nature and the human-constructed brick and metal materiality of the Lido as well as the bodies that pass through its space.

La Casa Ena

Orencio Boix Larrey, Spain, 2016, 20′

Walking through the house can be like strolling through an exhibition. La Casa Ena was the home of the anarcho-syndicalist artist Ramón Acín, and it is today an empty dwelling, a set of ruins or an immense tragedy without an author: the screen as a room.

Within These Walls

Rob Munday, UK, 2019, 5′

Within These Walls presents a journey through the inside spaces of HMP Holloway. Once the largest prison in Europe, HMP Holloway was closed in 2016 and now lies empty. This film combines photos of the derelict interiors with oral histories from women who lived and were held on this site. The soundscape is courtesy of acclaimed composer Stephen Montague.

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