Built to Last – Relics of Communist-era Architecture

Un documentario sperimentale che esplora il destino di grandi edifici e monumenti in stile sovietico eretti durante l’era comunista (1945-89) nei paesi dell’Europa centrale e orientale. Spostandosi lungo la spirale da Mosca a Berlino, Varsavia, Praga, Bratislava, Budapest, Bucarest, Belgrado, Pristina, Tirana e Sofia, il film mescola e fonde le condizioni passate e presenti di edifici amministrativi, musei, monumenti, case della classe operaia, quartieri generali del partito comunista, hotel e progetti di case prefabbricate. La serie di dieci cortometraggi esamina i cambiamenti spesso drammatici nei comportamenti pubblici verso queste reliquie del nostro recente passato, costruite con l’idea che sarebbero durate per sempre.

In 1956 at the rebirth of Brazilian democracy, visionary architect Oscar Niemeyer and urbanist Lúcio Costa invented an urban plan and structures that would attempt to micromanage the daily activity of human life. The unabashed goal was to create the space that would birth “the new Brazilian citizen.” Brasília, a mythical place, now acts as a backdrop of today’s Brazil, where the past echoes through the lives of a range of characters, each trying to make their mark on the city. Brasília: Life After Design takes us to a city rarely seen by the international viewer, brings a human face to a utopian ideal and asks the question: what is it like to live in someone else’s idea?

Film profile

Director: Haruna Honcoop
Year: 2017
Duration: 59′
Country: Czech Republic 
Language: no dialogue
Italian prèmiere
Scheduled for MDFF 2018

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