Subject: ADFF:NY – Four World Premieres and lots more

September 25, 2019

The Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York will be October 16 - 20 at both the SVA Theatre and Cinepolis Chelsea on West 23rd Street. This year we will have four world premieres and seveUS premieres. Tickets are on sale now.
World Premieres
The New Bauhaus - World Premiere
Director: Alysa Nahmias
2019 / 85 min / USA 

10/16 @ 7:30
Opening Night Film. Plus, Q&A with Debbie Millman of
Design Matters Podcast and Director Alysa Nahmias
Tickets are $75 for this special event - Buy Tickets

10/19 @ 9:15 - Buy Tickets
10/20 @ 5:30 - Buy Tickets

An odyssey through the life and legacy of László Moholy-Nagy, the innovative artist and educator whose pioneering approach to integrating technology into design continues to influence and inspire.

GOFF - World Premiere
Director: Britni Harris
2019 / 90 min / USA 

10/18 @ 6:30 + Q&A with Director - Buy Tickets
10/19 @ 7:00 + Q&A with Director - Buy Tickets
10/20 @ 1:45 + Q&A with Director - Buy Tickets

Bruce Goff was one of the greatest American architects of the 20th century. His unconventional perspective challenged stigmas about the Midwest’s inability to produce innovative work. A peer to Frank Lloyd Wright, his work had a profound influence on the next generation of architects. In 1942, Goff began teaching at University of Oklahoma's School of Architecture and soon became so admired that students from across the country flocked to the university in hope of studying with Goff. In 1955 everything changed; Goff was forced to resign after being accused of “endangering the morals of a minor,” and was forced from his position because of his homosexuality. Following his break with the University of Oklahoma, Goff went on to build more flamboyant, singularly exuberant structures in Oklahoma and beyond, including the Pavilion for Japanese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This documentary uncovers the mystery behind the man.

- World Premiere
Director: Marianne Gerdes
2019 / 66 min / USA 

10/18 @ 8:45 + Q&A with Director - Buy Tickets
10/19 @ 2:30 + Q&A with Director - Buy Tickets
10/20 @ 3:30  - Buy Tickets

James Hubbell has been driven to have a conversation with the world, using his art and his architecture to give flight to his deepest beliefs. A life lived in harmony with the environment that surrounds his southern California mountain home has inspired works so exquisite they’ve been commissioned for churches, synagogues, parks, even a palace. He is best know for his Chapel at Sea Ranch that synthesizes  diverse material like tile, glass, iron, clay and stone to meld in a singular voice.  When he designs, everything from a door handle to a window to a wall to a roof becomes part of the artistic expression. Hubbell’s creations say things he can’t express in words. Inspired by nature and filled with humanity, at age 87, his is a quiet, yet compelling voice of an artist who shows us the positive force of creative thinking.

Director: Daniel Schwartz
2019 / 30 min / Canada

10/18 @ 6:15 + Q&A with Director - Buy Tickets
10/19 @ 4:30 + Q&A with Director - Buy Tickets
10/20 @ 1:15  + Q&A with Director - Buy Tickets

What does it mean to live in the city without a place you can call your own? What role can architects have in addressing homelessness? And how can cities become a better home for all? The film follows a conversation between architects Michael Maltzan (Los Angeles) and Alexander Hagner (Vienna), who have been grappling with these questions over many years and through various projects. While the cities and the political and economic contexts in which Maltzan and Hagner work differ, both search for long-term strategies for housing instead of reacting with ad hoc solutions. Focusing on some causes and conditions of homelessness, the film questions the role architects can play toward overcoming the stigmatization of people experiencing it, in order to build more inclusive cities.

US Premieres
Mario Botta. The Space Beyond - US Premiere
Directors: Loretta Dalpozzo, Michèle Volontè
2018 / 77 min / Switzerland

10/16 @ 6:30 + Q&A with Mario Botta - Buy Tickets
10/17 @ 6:30 + Q&A - Buy Tickets
10/19 @ 5:15 + Q&A - Buy Tickets

A rare, in-depth artistic journey into the work of acclaimed Swiss architect Mario Botta. The film explores Botta’s ever-growing curiosity and reflections on the contradictions of society through his sacred spaces. Passionate and tireless at 76, Botta is one of the few architects who has built places of prayer for the three main monotheistic religions. After building many churches, chapels and a synagogue, he is now working on a mosque in China. Through his reflections and his interactions with artists, colleagues, clients and family members, the viewers have a glimpse of the man behind the architect.

Co-presented by the Swiss Consulate General and USM

City Dreamers - US Premiere
Director: Joseph Hillel
2018 / 70 min / Canada 

Oct 20 @ 7:30
Closing Night Film. Plus, Q&A with Paul Goldberger, Phyllis Lambert and Joseph Hillel - Buy Tickets

Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Denise Scott Brown – four trailblazers who became accustomed to being the only woman in the room. Each has an extensive list of accomplishments in architecture, planning and landscape architecture dating back 60+ years and has taught, mentored and inspired generations of professionals. How have they envisioned our cities?

Through original interviews, archival material and stunning cinematography, do
cumentary filmmaker Joseph Hillel uncovers how each of these strong, independent thinkers has shaped the cities in which we live and work. As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, the insights of these forward-looking women who have built social and environmental values into their work seem more relevant now than ever.

Co-presented by the Canadian Consulate General

Architecture of Infinity - US Premiere
Director: Christoph Schaub
2018 / 86 min / Switzerland

10/17 @ 9:00 - Buy Tickets
10/19 @ 9:30 - Buy Tickets
10/20 @ 5:45 - Buy Tickets

Temporality and age are inherent in every object and creature and, depending on one’s outlook, may transcend to infinity. How can this be imagined? What goes beyond it? The filmmaker Christoph Schaub starts his personal journey through time and space in his childhood, when his fascination with sacred buildings began – and his wonder at beginnings and ends.

Schaub explores, together with the architects Peter Zumthor, Peter Märkli and Álvaro Siza Vieira, the artists James Turrell and Cristina Iglesias and drummer virtuoso Jojo Mayer, the magic of sacred spaces, defined here as far more than church buildings. Who owns spirituality? The film follows “spiritual life” in architecture and the fine arts, but also in nature, and literally lifts it over and above the limits of thinking. Past and present, primeval times and light years, it’s all there. Kierkegaard, once said "Life can only be understood backwards but must be lived forwards."

Co-presented by the Swiss Consulate General and Vitra

Of Vineyards and Shoeboxes - US Premiere
Director: Günter Atteln
2018 / 58 min / Germany 

10/16 @ 6:30 -  Buy Tickets
10/19 @ 3:15 - Buy Tickets
10/20 @ 5:45 - Buy Tickets

Concert halls are extremely special spaces. The physical parameters such as reverberation time, direct sound or initial reflections have to be adjusted in such a way that the hall itself becomes an instrument with which the musicians play. There are two schools of thought for the design: the "shoebox" and the "vineyard." The first is a solution practiced since feudalism, in which a rectangular hall extends between the stage and the royal box. The second was conceived by the Berlin architect Hans Scharoun, who wanted the Berliner Philharmonie to provide a more "democratic" art experience, with the orchestra sitting in the middle and the rows of spectators rising around the stage like vineyards.

Filmmaker Günter Atteln travels some of the most important concert halls. Together with acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota and conductor Valery Gergiev, he visits the shell of the new Philharmonie in Moscow, he observes Jürgen Reinhold's efforts to optimize sound in the venerable Scala in Milan, and Martijn Vercammen shows him the "reverberation gallery" in the lavishly renovated Staatsoper in Berlin

PUSH - US Premiere
Director: Fredrik Gertten
2018 / 90 min / Sweden

10/17 @ 9:00 - Buy Tickets
10/18 @ 9:00 - Buy Tickets
10/19 @ 7:15 + Q&A with Leilani Farha and Fredrik Gertten - Buy Tickets

PUSH investigates why we can’t afford to live in our own cities anymore. Housing is a fundamental human right, a precondition to a safe and healthy life. But in cities all around the world, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues?

Leilani Farha has a background in advocacy for the homeless and for the past three years has been the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing. She wants to confront the very idea of the “financialisation” of the housing market. “There’s a huge difference between housing as a commodity and gold as a commodity”.

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Sweden

The Man & The Architect - Jørn Utzon - US Premiere
Directors: Lene Borch Hansen, Anna von Lowzow
2018 / 58 min / Denmark 

10/18 @ 6:45 w/ Q&A - Buy Tickets
10/19 @ 5:15 w/ Q&A - Buy Tickets
10/20 @ 4:00 - Buy Tickets

This documentary about Jørn Utzon tells the personal and emotional story of the world-renowned architect and his unique gift. Beside him stood the love of his life for 70 years, Lis, without whom he would not have become the architect and the man he was. 

His story is told by the people who were closest to him for decades: his children, close colleagues and friends, all of whom openly share their anecdotes and experiences. He inspired the people he worked with and had had a profound effect on their lives. The film is a portrait of a devoted humanitarian and a sensitive and loving soul.

Co-presented by the Danish Consulate General and Suite NY

Gateways to New York - US Premiere
Director: Martin Witz
2018 / 88 min / Switzerland 

10/17 @ 7:00  + Q&A - Buy Tickets
10/19 @ 2:45 + Q&A - Buy Tickets
10/20 @ 1:30 + Q&A - Buy Tickets

Gateways to New York is a story about the great Swiss structural engineer Othmar H. Ammann, who emigrated to New York in 1904 and redefined the art of bridge building in America. Ammann's own life, career, and breathtaking constructions were framed by the steady, dynamic acceleration of 20th century America — the roaring twenties, mass motorization, the Great Depression, war, suburbanization, and the economic boom that led to modern consumer society. In addition to his seminal George Washington Bridge — a beacon of modernity —Ammann's most important bridge projects around New York were the Bayonne Bridge, the Triborough, the Bronx-Whitestone, the Throgs Neck and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. 

Co-presented by Consulate General of Switzerland

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