Weekend is here is here so how about watching some movies related to design and architecture. Hope you like the selection for this week. Here is the list of top 3 movies:
1. 24 City
This Chinese movie by the acclaimed director Jia Zhangke cannot be considered documentary by having actors performing most of the scenes. However, it represents an attempt to show the dissociation between the rapid urban development and social behaviour of a population that seems to be a “victim” of globalisation.
The film is focused on a complex designed and deployed by the government with militar purposes, as a factory for producing and repairing mechanical elements for the army. This whole area became a city in itself where three generations grew up. Nowadays the future of this space will be to accomodate hundreds of luxury apartments, for what not only some modifications are going to take place, but the entire site will be demolished.
Original title: Er shi si cheng ji
Runtime: 107 min.
Director: Jia Zhangke
Writer: Jia Zhangke, Zhai Yongming
Soundtrack:Yoshihiro Hanno, Lim Giong
Cast: Joan Chen, Lü Liping, Zhao Tao, Chen Jianbin
2. Manufactured Landscapes
Edward Burtynsky is a Canadian photographer whose work is focused on industrial (and post- industrial) landscapes. His pictures were so inspiring that moved Jennifer Baichwal in 2004 to record a documentary based on them. The result is an impressive film full of really powerful images that questions the limits between natural and artificial.
It seems to be a premonitory view of the current development issues, where the scale of industrialisation processes is such large that is capable to generate a whole new environment. A totally new landscape.
Original Title: Manufactured Landscapes
Runtime: 90 min.
Director: Jennifer Baichwal
Cinematography: Peter Mettler
Soundtrack: Dan Driscoll
Cast: Edward Burtynsky
If you don’t have time, you can watch whole documentary here 😉
Last but not the least i want to share a very contemporary film. An amazing story stunningly described by Christopher Nolan, in which dreams within dreams can be manipulated by “architects” who can construct an imaginary reality.
Imagine: being able, as architects, to create whole environments, just using our minds as the resource. Let us know your ideas in the comments below, and, while you’re at it, please let us know of some new films we can add to the list!
Original title: Inception
Runtime: 148 min.
Country: United States
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Soundtrack: Hans Zimmer
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine
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