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The Built World Series Pass
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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The Built World Series Pass
The Built World

Sponsored by AIA Seattle and ARCADE

A sort of stepchild to our annual ByDesign program, The Built World series looks at cinematic approaches to architecture through four recent films. Informed and inspired by urban design, architecture, public spaces and the collaborative design process, the films speak to the broad topic of Architecture, with each central character challenging any static definition. Our series offers up a chamber opera based on the life and work of Louis Kahn, a filmic catalog of Auguste Perret's dual careers in Algeria and France, a building whose division create a metaphor for Brazil, and Thom Andersen's conceptual look at Portuguese architect Eduardo Soutu de Moura's work both finished and unfinished.

The Built World
Hu Enigma

May 03

(Pedro Urano & Joana Traub Csekö, Brazil, 2011, HD, 75 min)

At the edge of Rio de Janeiro, the glittering monument to Brazil's rise in the world of global capitalism, stands another monument: a giant edifice, full of light. It's divided symmetrically down the middle. Doctors and technicians walk in and out of the same side every day, but nobody walks in the other. It's a ruin, an ambiguous space that could have been anything but was never occupied. A casually unlocked door in the hospital leads into the facility's collapsing mirror image, an enigma that directors Csekö and Urano explore in this mystery movie of societal proportions.


The Built World
ARCHITECT: A Chamber Opera Inspired by the Life and Work of Louis Kahn

May 04

(Jenny Kallick, USA, 2012, HD, 63 min)

There's music in the spaces Louis Kahn designed; just as, in his words, "to hear a sound is to see a space." ARCHITECT steps into the late Kahn's designs through video clips, still shots and watercolor paintings, and floods them with the twists and turns of a chamber opera inspired by his work. Combining the ideas of electro-acoustic musician John Downey, Jr., music professor Jenny Kallick and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lewis Spratlan, the opera takes a journey independent from what we see on the screen while hinting at a story of Kahn's visions, trials, and victories.


The Built World

May 04

(Thom Andersen, 2012, Portugal/USA, HD, 65 min)

Thom Andersen is the sort of director that film professors teach classes about, and with Reconversão he uses his legendary visual precision to document another legend: Portuguese architect Eduardo Soutu de Moura. Studying the life of de Moura's finished and unfinished projects over time, Andersen's indulgent camerawork highlights the bond between each structure and its natural environment, playing off the architect's declaration that "if there is nothing there, I invent a pre-existence." Much more than a history about beautiful buildings, Reconversão explores the place that those buildings occupy between the earth and its natural relationship with time.


The Built World
Perret in France and Algeria

May 05

(Heinz Emigholz, Germany, 2012, HD, 110 min)

From Heinz Emigholzwho sits atop the list of directorial experts on architecture after making films about urban design for two decadescomes a movie that is both biography and cultural commentary, telling the story of architectural pioneer Auguste Perret's dual careers in Algeria and France. Many of the works that Perret describes are mired in history, including Parisian buildings destroyed (and later rebuilt by Perret) during World War II. A tale rather than a tour, Emigholz's stunning visual storytelling in Perret investigates the architect's relationship with the volatile societies where his designs came to life.



Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States




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