FILM | Melbourne: Living Architecture Series

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Presented by Melbourne Festival

Capitol Theatre | 12 & 13 October 2013

Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (France/ Italy)

Living Architectures

What’s it like to live inside a work of art? Living Architectures offers fresh and highly entertaining perspectives on some of architecture’s greatest hits.

Cult figures in the contemporary architecture world, Paris-based filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise
Lemoine have developed a new cinematographic approach to architecture. Lively, provocative and thoroughly delightful, it lets architecture talk to us from a point of view that is personal and subjective, rather than removed and analytical.

Living Architectures is a series of seven films that examine masterpieces of contemporary architecture – from Koolhaas’s Bordeaux villa to Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao – from a unique, humanistic perspective, bringing us into the everyday life of the buildings, experiencing them from the point of view of the people who actually use or maintain them every day, from grumpy housekeepers to adventurous glass cleaners.

Koolhass Houselife
Koolhaas Houselife portrays one of the masterpieces of contemporary architecture. The film lets the viewer enter into the house’s daily intimacy through the stories and daily chores of Guadalupe Acedo, the housekeeper, and the other people who look after the building. Pungent, funny and touching. In French with English subtitles.

Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron
Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron takes us to the party atmosphere of mealtime among the grape-pickers in the dining hall designed by Herzog & de Meuron in Pomerol for one of the most prestigious vineyards in the world. A real punch of vitality! In French with English subtitles.

Xmas Meier
Xmas Meier takes us, during the Christmas season, in the heart of a working-class neighbourhood in the suburbs of Rome, which had been lifted from anonymity to international renown thanks to the church built by Richard Meier for the Jubilee. Controversy, caustic irony and free speech opposed to the faithful’s devotion. Welcome to Rome! In Italian with English subtitles.

Gehry’s Vertigo
Gehry’s Vertigo offers to the spectator a rare and vertiginous trip on the top roofs of the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao. Through the portrait of the climbing team in charge of the glass cleaning, their ascensions, their techniques and difficulties, this film observes the complexity and virtuosity of Frank Gehry’s architecture. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Inside Piano
Inside Piano is composed of three films on three symbolic buildings of Renzo Piano’s career. A visit throughout the prototype-building of the Centre Pompidou. An immersion in the soundproof world of a submarine floating in the depths of the Parisian underground. A journey aboard a luminous magic carpet of a highly sophisticated architectural machine. A humorous, caustic and quirky point of view. In Italian with English subtitles.

Curator Louise Neri

Images Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine, Koolhass Houselife, film; Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine, Gehry’s Vertigo, film, 2013

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Title Screening Time Duration
Koolhaas Houselif 12:00 58 mins
Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron 13:15 51 mins
Xmas Meier 14:15 51 mins
Gehry’s Vertigo 15:15 48 mins
Inside Piano: the Little Beauborg 16:15 39 mins
Inside Piano: the Submarine No advertised time 34 mins
Inside Piano: the Power of Silence No advertised time 26 mins