October 2, 2011
by Canadian Architect
The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) runs from September 29 to October 14, 2011, and this year’s lineup includes a number of films with an architectural angle, such as the following:
Lost Bohemia (USA)
In 1895, 165 artists’ lofts and spaces were completed above Carnegie Hall in New York City. Josef “Birdman” Astor’s documentary began as a loving chronicle of the place, its history and the artists still living there. Then, the Carnegie Hall Corporation decided to redevelop. The film screens on Monday, October 3 at 2:50pm at Granville Theatre #1.
OK, Enough, Goodbye (Lebanon /UAE)
A sardonic and wistful comedy and a portrait of a city (Tripoli, Lebanon), Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia’s terrific feature debut could be a Lebanese version of I Killed My Mother. Except, in this case, the mother is wise enough to ditch her sad-sack baker son, who must learn to fend for himself – and fails miserably. The film screens on Friday, October 7 at 7:00pm at Granville Theatre #1.
How Much Does Your Buliding Weigh, Mr. Foster? (Spain)
Pre-eminent architect Norman Foster is responsible for the world’s largest building and tallest bridge. Directors Norberto López Amado and Carlos Carcas chart the “Mozart of Modernism’s” unlikely rise in this alluring portrait of a visionary. The film screens on Saturday, October 8 at 9:45pm at the Vancity Theatre.
Mark Lewis: Nowhere Land (Germany)
A fascinating portrait of one of our most celebrated artists at work. Director Reinhard Wulf follows Mark Lewis to a few of his chosen “nowhere lands” in Toronto – including where Lewis is making the short Mid day Mid summer, Corner of Yonge and Dundas – and then on to Algonquin Park and other locations of his Ontario-shot work. The film screens on Monday, October 10 at 7:00pm at Vancity Theatre.
For additional information on VIFF and to order tickets online, please visit www.viff.org/festival/.