Architecture + Design Film Festival in Winnipeg begins Wednesday

Calling all Winnipeg movie buffs and design enthusiasts! The fourth annual Architecture + Design Film Festival (A+DFF) will run April 15-19, 2015 at the Cinemathèque, located at 100 Arthur Street, as well as at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Millennium Library, and MAKE/Coffee+Stuff. The festival features critically acclaimed films that focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life.

The Architecture + Design Film Festival is being presented by Cinemathèque, Urban Idea and the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, with the generous support of the Winnipeg Foundation and film sponsors. In addition to bringing some sought-after films to town, the festival represents a growing interest regarding the intersection of art, architecture and urban planning. “As a city with nationally and internationally recognized architects and a wonderful collection of architecture from many periods, Winnipeg has a particular interest in this festival,” said curator Susan Algie, Director of the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation. “The intent is for the film festival to encourage and enhance this interest.”

The festival is unique in Canada and provides an opportunity to see a range of short and feature-length films, newly released or in limited release. The 2015 festival will open with the Canadian documentary Strange and Familiar: Architecture of Fogo Island, which documents the artists’ studios and new Fogo Island Inn, designed by architect Todd Saunders. This project has been showcased in more than 80 international magazines for its beautiful design but also innovative community development goals. Filmmaker Katherine Knight  will be present for a post-film discussion.

This year, there are films from Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, France, USA, Canada, England and Finland. Complementing the films are panel discussions and tours. Some of the festival films include:

La Sapienza:  A brilliant architect seeks spiritual and artistic renewal during a life-changing voyage in Italy to study the great 17th-century architect Francesco Borromini.

Inside PianoInside Piano is composed of three films on three symbolic buildings of Renzo Piano’s career with a humorous, caustic and quirky point of view.

Sign PaintersSign Painters celebrates the hand-painted sign industry, an American tradition, and stylistically explores this unacknowledged art form through anecdotal accounts from artists across the country. This documentary explores a fascinating insight into a highly specialized underground trade, emphasizing an appreciation for a balance between art and commerce. The film will be followed by a tour of “ghost signs” in the Exchange District.

Peter Zumthor:  A visit to the studio of Swiss architect Peter Zumthor (born in 1943), winner of the 2009 Pritzker Prize, in the remote village of Haldenstein in the Swiss Alps, far from the bustling international architectural scene. With a small team, he works on carefully selected projects, and his meticulous designs can been seen in many parts of Europe.

Mon Oncle:  A restored copy of Jacques Tati’s wonderful comedy, Mon Oncle is a supremely amusing satire of mechanized living, materialist suburbanites and consumer society that earned the director the Academy Award for best foreign-language film.

Festival passes are $66 or $55 for Cinemathèque members; individual advance tickets are on sale at Alternatively, call Kristy at 204.925.3456 x106  or e-mail her at

More information about the festival, including films, downloadable program schedule, and how to purchase festival passes and advance tickets can be found at