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Architecture+Design Film Festival

April 13 - April 17, 2016


April 13 – April 17, 2016


Calling all Winnipeg movie buffs and design enthusiasts! The fifth annual Architecture and Design Film Festival (A+DFF) will run April 13 – 17 at the Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street, as well as free screenings at the Millennium Library, Forth, Number Ten Architectural Group and 5468796 architecture. 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 Cinematheque, Urban Idea and the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, with the generous support of the Winnipeg Foundation and the Manitoba Association of Architects. 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 recognised 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 international films, newly released or in limited release. The 2016 festival will open with the Canadian documentary The Maestro and the Master: Building the New Mariinsky. This year there are films from Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, Argentina, Austria, France, USA, Canada, England and Australia. Complementing the films are panel discussions and tours.

On Thursday April 14th, the theme will be Women in Architecture. Following the first film, join us for a panel moderated by Caroline Inglis (5468796 architecture) joined by Elsa Lam (Editor, Canadian Architect magazine), Liz Wredford (Plain Projects) and Johanna Hurme (5468796 architecture).

The full programme is online at:

Some of the festival films include:

The Maestro and the Master: Building the New Mariinsky (Canada)

The documentary film goes behind-the-scenes with Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects as they design the first new opera house in Russia since the Tsars. The maestro is Mariinsky Theatre legend Valery Gergiev. The master builder is architect Jack Diamond (b.1932). With gorgeous St. Petersburg, Russia as the backdrop, the film charts the many twists and turns to complete the massive opera/ballet house in time for the opening.

Concrete Love: The Böhm Family (Germany)

Concrete Love is a poignant documentary about the family of one of Germany’s most beloved architects, Gottfried Böhm (b.1920). Aged 94 at the time of filming, he was the sole German winner of the Pritzker Prize prior to 2015. Gottfried, himself the son of a master builder, remains the patriarch of an architectural family whose remarkable vision his sons Stephan, Peter and Paul have strived both to live up to and to transcend in their way.

A little Chaos (United Kingdom)

Directed by and starring Alan Rickman, this film tells the story of Sabine de Barra (Kate Winslet) who built one of the main gardens at the Palace of Versailles.

Finn with an Oyster: The story behind Toronto’s New City Hall (Canada)

This fresh documentary recovers the fascinating but largely forgotten history of Toronto’s 1955 New City Hall, designed by Finnish architect Viljo Revell. The design was chosen as the result of one of the largest international architectural competitions ever held.

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

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