The Film and Architecture Festival begins, inviting cinemas to world premieres


The ninth year of the Film and Architecture Festival in will begin on September 30. The weekly screening of films about architecture, urbanism and design will take place in 20 cities throughout the Czech Republic and will offer world premieres. The festival plans to screen films in cinemas and not move to the online environment. “We are closely monitoring the current situation, government measures allow the festival to take place. The online version of the festival would be the last option for us. We believe that even today, it is important to continue cultural activities, subject to the strictest measures, ”says playwright Martina Freitagová.

World premieres in Prague

The opening of the festival on Wednesday, September 30, will be extraordinary. At the same time, the world premiere of Making a Mountain, a film about a unique Danish incinerator by one of the most important contemporary architects, Bjarke Ingels, whom Time magazine ranked among the 100 most influential people in the world, will be screened on the New York – Copenhagen – Prague route. After the screening, the architect will also speak to the audience directly and they will have the opportunity to ask him not only how the idea of ​​combining an incinerator with a ski slope or a climbing center was born, but also other interesting questions.

There will be no shortage of premieres on other festival days. Visitors can go to the newly completed film Aalto about the legend of modern architecture from Finland by Alvar Aalto or go on an unconventional architectural road trip Tokyo Ride with one of the founders of the world-renowned SANAA studio. The film is  made by the most famous pair of architecture filmmakers Il Bêk and Louise Lemoine.

The film festival with the subtitle Hidden Stories will present a selection of twenty films that will give viewers the opportunity to look at architecture from a different perspective. “The aim of the festival is to present architecture as something that is everywhere and still around us, affecting our daily lives, and we do not have to perceive it as an elitist field for a select few, but rather as a partner to understand and shape the world around them,” says Martina Freitagová . The festival will take place physically in cinemas. “We are very responsible for the current situation and our production team provides protective equipment that will be available to visitors in cinemas. Moving to the online space would be the last resort for us, we believe that despite the unfavorable conditions, it is important to continue cultural events, “he adds.

Women in architecture

The festival devotes one section to prominent women in architecture who have remained hidden in the shadow of their male colleagues for a long time. The successes of architects Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Louise Kahn are connected with female counterparts. The inspirational documentary City Dreamers tells the story of four female personalities of the 20th century (Phyllis Lambert, Denise Scott Brown, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Blanche Lemco van Ginkel) and their important role in modern architecture. The festival will also feature Gray Matters, a film by Irish designer and architect Eileen Gray, whose timeless furniture is admired by architects from the 20th century to the present. The films will be followed by an online discussion panel with important personalities of world architecture. The curator of the British V&A Olive Horsfall Turner, which was the first museum in the world to archive part of the Robin Hood Gardens complex of social flats that were demolished, will also connect online with Prague at the Světozor cinema. This unique achievement was, among other things, part of the exhibition at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2018.


Meeting of architecture and music

The Film and Architecture Festival will include a special accompanying program focusing on architecture in music videos. A small probe into the music scene of the late 20th and early 21st centuries will present a new perspective on the perception of architecture and its role in the broader context of popular culture. Peter Adjay, musician and brother of the world-famous architect David Adjay, will connect with Prague online. The completion of the project will be archi disco performed by Pierre Urban.

Film stills from ‘THE STREET’, by Zed Nelson

Festival in the regions

The festival will take place in 22 cities throughout the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In selected cities, including Prague, there will be, for example, the film The Lost Architect Ernst Wiesner, which will present the story of this important architect with Czechoslovak roots, who was a pupil of Adolf Loose.

Join us on the ninth film pilgrimage through known and unknown buildings and get acquainted with the exceptional deeds of people who have dedicated their lives to architecture. Where and when? In the Prague cinema Světozor and CAMP from 30.9. to 7.10. and in selected regional cities.