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Copenhagen Architecture Film Festival 2022

Copenhagen Architecture Festival x 2022 presents its most comprehensive edition to date: more than 100 events throughout the Danish capital will offer the opportunity to contemplate and explore what ‘Sense of Place’ means for architecture and the built environment today in films, exhibitions and debates with a host of international guests.

Film highlights include Claire Denis VENDREDI SOIR (2002) that sees Vincent Lindon and Valerie Lamercier star as strangers drawn to each other in an erotically-charged encounter on one of the hottest nights of the summer in Paris. The streets are jammed with traffic but a balmy limbo descends on the couple who are like ships that gently collide in the starry night. Claire Denis uses her unique recording and detailed cinematic language to tell a very sensual story.

The film is presented by Mathias Ruthner, film editor at Øjets Bibliotek. (Introduction in Danish)

Vendredi Soir / Claire Denis, 2002 / France / French with English subtitles / 90 min. + introduction

Vendredi Soir (2002)



Allowing hostile and friendly encounters, the street is the bedrock of modern society; a motif so deeply engrained in the narratives and images of culture and a centuries-old engine of Western architectural and modernist theory.

6/10 The Dangerous Street I: MEAN STREETS by Martin Scorsese

7/10 The erotic street: FRIDAY NIGHT  by Claire Denis

10/10 The Dangerous Street II: MANILA IN THE CLAWS OF LIGHT by Lino Brocka

15/10 The Social Street: DO THE RIGHT THING by Spike Lee

16/10 The anti-social street: NEIGHBOURING SOUNDS by Kleber Mendonca Filho

16/10 The Dilapidated Street: BEHIND THE MASK OF JOY by Georg Pabst



Copenhagen Architecture x Film Festival 27 – 30 March 2014

Pomerol_Herzog_de_Meuron_HD_1-960x540 copySome of the the World’s finest filmmakers are Danish: Carl Theodor Dreyer; Lars von Trier; Thomas Vinterberg; Nicolas Winding Refn and Susanne Bier. The Danes also excel in architecture, design and the spatial arts. With this in mind, COPENHAGEN ARCHITECTURE X FILM FESTIVAL will open its doors for the first year of what aims to become an annual event. Offering 80 films and events. including first-run as well as older releases showcasing  architectural space as only cinema can. Copenhagen Architecture Festival x FILM is built around 6 strands: Cinematic and Architectural Space; Landscape and FilmPersonal SpacesArchitectural Processes;  Ritual, and Modernism.

oscar-at-niteroi_still_04-960x540 copyThe inaugural festival presents the world premiere of Heinz Emigholz’ entire trilogy of DECAMPMENT OF MODERNISM, the 21st part of his monumental series PHOTOGRAPHY AND BEYOND. All three films will be shown including the final part: THE AIRSTRIP, hot from Berlinale 2014with an an introduction by the filmmaker himself.

Wim Wenders’ 3D project CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE (2014) also comes fresh from its Berlinale 2014 World premiere and there are other treats in store: KOOLHAAS – HOUSELIFE  that takes a looks at the designs of legendary architect Rem Koolhaas and MICROTOPIA, Jesper Wachtmeister’s documentary study about a group of designers whose work focuses on the use of recycled and industrial products in order to minimise waste and human footprint. Dieter Reifarth’s HAUS TUGENDHAT (2013) explores the fascinating history of Mies van der Rohe’s functionalist villa from private ownership in the thirties to official functions under the Germans and Russians to its current status as a stylish backdrop to films such as Hannibal Rising.

niemeyer27shouse2-960x540 copyTHE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM, Oeke Hoogendijk’s prize-winning documentary is a massive undertaking that charts the controversial renovation of one of the World’s oldest and best known museums. Angel Borrego Cubero’s documentary masterpiece THE COMPETITION (2013) explores the working relationship of star-architects Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault and Zaha Hadid’s through the tense process of tendering for the design of a new Arts Museum in Andorra.

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There will be a chance to revisit the past with DOG STAR MAN, Stan Brakhage’s experimental sixties piece that prioritises the visual to create the concept of an ‘optical mind’, and Werner Herzog’s acclaimed sci-fi documentary FATA MORGANA (1971), that imagines the world’s most remote corners as another planet.  Critic Sophie Engberg Sonne looks at Wong Ka Wai’s films in the context of his greatest muse: Hong Kong: this artist-city double-act will be illustrated with excerpts from his oeuvre including HAPPY TOGETHER and    THE CROWD, King Vidor’s psychogeographical 1928 silent epic, based in New York; and Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s haunting and sinister documentary ABENDLAND, that takes a voyeuristic look at the vast continent of Europe from the night skies.


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