Architecture Film Festival London 2019

Shortlisted Selection 2

Film programme at CLOSE-UP FILM CENTRE

The 2019 edition of our International Film Competition drew submissions from both established and emerging filmmakers working in the area of Architecture+Film, and the shortlist was selected from over 130 entries from more than 39 countries. The selection process shortlisted 12 films in 4 categories: Documentary, Fiction, Experimental and Boundaries open to films that relate to the 2019 London Festival of Architecture theme “Boundaries”.

6 films are included in the shortlisted films Selection #2 are representative of the 4 categories in competition, and they also take on topics like the future, humanity, detail, identity and memory.

Screening venue: Close-Up Film Centre, 97 Sclater Street, London E1 6HR

CLOSE-UP FILM CENTRE, Thursday 27th June 2019

International Film Competition


Running Category: Experimental Short


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.

Running Category: Boundaries

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.

Running Category: Experimental Short

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.

Running Category: Fiction Short


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.

Running Category: Fiction Short

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.

Running Category: Fiction Short

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.

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