Vilanova Artigas: the architect and the light

João Vilanova Artigas (1915-1985) è il più importante architetto modernista di San Paolo. Dal 1937 al 1944, realizzò circa duecento case per committenti privati, ispirandosi alle Prairie Houses di Wright. Iscritto al Partito Comunista dal 1945, avvertiva la responsabilità di costruire un nuovo ambiente in grado di cambiare l’esistenza delle persone e si chiedeva che cosa poter fare, professionalmente, in attesa della rivoluzione. Il documentario ricostruisce la sua vita con parenti, amici, studenti e sei dei suoi maggiori edifici.

 

João Vilanova Artigas (1915-1985) is the most important modernist architect of São Paulo. From 1937 to 1944 he designed about 200 houses for private clients, clearly inspired by the Prairie Houses of Frank Lloyd Wright. Being a member of the Brazilian Communist Party since 1945 he felt a responsibility for constructing a new environment that would be able to change people’s lives and wondered what he could do, professionally, while waiting for the revolution. The documentary retraces his life through his relatives, friends, students and six of his major works.

Film profile
Director: Laura Artigas
Co-director: Pedro Gorski
Script: Laura Artigas
Director of photography: Zé Mario Fontoura
Editing: Fernando Honesko
Art director: Ricardo Fernandes
Music: Guilherme Garbato, Gustavo Garbato, Guilherme “Xibrusk” Schildberg
Country: Portugal
Year: 2015
Duration: 93’
Scheduled for MDFF 2015
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