Time travel continues to be, well, a timeless concept. And what better way to think of it as an urban-city setting as seen in the 7th edition of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam: The City as Time Machine.
From Oct. 10-13, more than 100 urban architecture and design films on current trending topics will be screened at the LantarenVenster cinema in Rotterdam. As if that weren't enough to make you want to hop on the next plane to the Netherlands, no film fest can be complete without a series of debates, lectures, and talk shows in the program.
Many of the films emphasize the ever-changing urban city as a limitless source of inspiration for filmmakers--with stories on renovation, reuse, temporary function, disused buildings, and more. Opening the festival on Oct. 10 is Angel Borrego's "The Competition" from Spain, a film that reveals the true nature of "starchitects" and how architecture firms go about their work.
Films like Bert Oosterveld and Peter Frankenest's "Reaching for the Sky" (Netherlands), "Haus Tugendhat" by Dieter Reifarth (Germany), and Jeong Jae-eun's "City Hall" (Korea) tell personal stories of struggle that their subjects faced. In Magda Augusteijn and Prosper de Roos' world premiere of "Margaret Staal-Kropholler", the directors discuss the work of the Netherlands' first female architect as they visit her structures structures in Bergen and Zundert. They also talk about women's social status at the time with the architect's daughter and granddaughters.
In Enrique Perez's "Caos en la Ciudad", which will have its European premiere, the city of Panama continues its gradual descent to becoming a ghost town as it waits for its empty tower blocks to be sold for profit. Joan Grossman's 2012 documentary "Drop City" takes you back to the '60s and '70s when three University of Kansas - Lawrence students purchased land in Trinidad, CO and built the world's first geodesic ghost town, which consisted of recycled dome structures inspired by Buckminster Fuller's geodesic domes and Steve Baer's crystalline designs.
AFFR will also be hosting two mini festivals in Groningen and Heerlen on Oct. 26 and 27 with each city screening about 10 films.
Tickets go on sale on Sept. 30. For complete details and updates on the event, click here.
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