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Program

Oct 16, 2018 12:00 AM - Oct 21, 2018 12:00 AM

Architecture & Design Film Festval

The Architecture & Design Film Festival celebrates 10th year anniversary featuring 3 Czech films.

 

 

Each year our festival screen over 30 films dedicated to the creative spirit of Architecture & Design. This fall we have 3 Czech films.

Built to Last – Relics of Communist - Era Architecture
2017 / 59 min / Czech Republic
Director:Haruna Honcoop

An experimental documentary exploring the fate of grand Soviet-style buildings and monuments erected during the communist era (1945-89) in countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Moving along the spiral from Moscow to Berlin, Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest, Belgrade, Pristina, Tirana and Sofia, the film mixes and fuses the past and present conditions of administrative buildings, museums, monuments, working class homes, communist party headquarters, hotels, and panel housing projects. The series of ten short films examines the often dramatic changes in public attitudes to these relics of our recent past, which were built with the intention that they would last forever.


Breakpoint
2017 / 29 min / Czech Republic
Director: Kryštof Jankovec
While Leon Jakimič’s tennis career failed to take off, ten years ago it led to something much better – the founding of LASVIT, a company that revived Czech glassmaking craft. Breakpoint is short mockumentary that follows Leon´s lifeway.
In a time-perspective shortcut, Breakpoint tells the story of a man who hoped to achieve something great, but had to take a different route than originally intended. Breakpoint uses a poetic visual language to juxtapose the many contrasts of Leon’s life, following the central theme like a tennis ball flying from one side of the court to the other.


Eye Over Prague
2010 / 52 min /
Director: Olga Spátova

An extraordinary tale about strongly passionate and elegant architect Jan Kaplicky with a clear vision of the future who has the biggest fight on his hands in Prague again. Shot over three years in the UK, Czech and Italy tells the powerful story of Jan Kaplicky, one of the most emotional figures in the world of architecture. His greatest unrealized architectural achievement, the new National library in Prague means the world to him.

The project called the Eye over Prague is radical, exciting and far enough ahead of its time to provoke a fair degree of controversy. It represents a triumphant return to his homeland for the Czech-born émigré, a vindication of his uncompromisingly forward-looking philosophy and a tragically poetic ending to his remarkable career.

Venue:

Cinépolis Chelsea 260 West 23rd Street New York, NY 10011, SVA Theater 333 West 23rd Street New York, NY 10011

Date

From: Oct 16, 2018 12:00 AM
To: Oct 21, 2018 12:00 AM

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