New Film Festival at the Venice Architecture Biennale
If you have the chance to travel next week, Venice, Italy is the place to be. Design Onscreen – The Initiative for Architecture and Design on Film will present the first ever Design Onscreen Film Festival at the Venice Architecture Biennale, 27-29 August 2012. The Biennale is a spectacular affair showcasing the latest in architecture and design from around the world through exhibitions and events presented by 55 countries.
Each of the sixteen films in the three-day Festival will screen at the Teatro Piccolo at the Arsenale – “action-central” for the many diverse offerings at the Venice Biennale. All screenings are free and open to the public and most will be followed by dynamic in-person discussions and audience Q&As, featuring top architects and design experts from around the globe, including Lord Norman Foster, Peter Eisenman, Rick Joy, Steven Holl, Vittorio Garatti, Deyan Sudjic (Director, Design Museum London), Barry Bergdoll (Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art); Moshen Mostafavi (Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Design), Mark Wigley (Dean, Columbia Univ. School of Architecture), and David Chipperfield (Curator and Director of the 13th Annual International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale).
Sponsored by KPF – one of the world’s leading architecture firms — the Festival will showcase the best in recent films on architecture and design, each day from 3pm to midnight. The Festival will feature ten Italian premiere screenings, including: 2012 Peabody Awardwinner Eames: The Architect and the Painter (US, 2011); 2012 Independent Spirit Award-winner Unfinished Spaces (US, 2011); How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? (Spain, 2010); Mission Statements: The Architecture of Dutch Diplomacy (Holland, 2011); Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island (US, 2012); Coast Modern (Canada, 2012); and Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line (US, 2012). Featured Italian films include Unfinished Italy (2011), 43 Columns on Scene in Bilbao (2010) and the newly revived (in HD) classic, The Architecture of Carlo Scarpa (1996). A complete schedule is available at www.DesignOnscreen.org/Venice.