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Carnival Film Screenings (26.09)

Film and architecture are inextricably linked. Both mediums involve space, time, and people, and both use narrative to explore the human predicament. Architects, like directors, turn fiction into reality. In this "mini film festival" spread over two days, renowned architects, educators, artists and filmmakers explore the fascinating overlaps, proximities and tensions between space, buildings, moving images and representation. Two panel discussions moderated by curator Lesley Lokko explore the complex and rich relationship between these two fascinating disciplines.

Tuesday, September 26th:
10 am introduction by Lesley Lokko
10:10 am – 12 am Rumba Rules, New Genealogies (by Sammy Baloji)
12 am – 1 pm House (by Amos Gitaï)
2 pm – 3:40 pm Wajib (by Annemarie Jacir)
3:45 pm – 4:10 pm Sizígia (by Luis Urbano)
4:20 pm – 4:55 pm ButoHouse (by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine)
5 pm – 6 pm A Lot with Little (by Noemi Blager & Tapio Snellman)
6:05 pm - 6:45 pm 2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize Ceremony (produced by Karen Carter).

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Rumba Rules, New Genealogies (108’)
by Sammy Baloji
10:10 am > 12 am

Permeating the daily life of one of the great orchestras of the current generation, Rumba Rules proposes an incursion into the arcanes of a monumental African music. An essay on the meaning of self and rootedness, the film culminates in a kind of urban polyphony. Ya Mayi, Lumumba, Xéna La Guerrière, Pitchou Travolta, Alfred Solo, Soleil Patron and many others: nearly thirty artists feed the creative life of the Brigade Sarbati Orchestra.
Sammy Baloji is a photographer from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He works in Lubumbashi and Brussels, and held exhibitions in Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Bilbao, Cape Town and Bamako. He received a Special Mention for his work at the Biennale Architettura 2023.

House (54’)
by Amos Gitaï
12 pm > 1 pm

House (1980) is part of the multimedia installation Home, Ruins, Memory, Future at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition (Special Participations). Censored by Israeli television, House represents different ethnicities, languages, musical traditions, and generations, brought together to reveal complex memories of the past and the possibility of envisioning a peaceful future coexistence. The installation tell the story of a house in West Jerusalem, spanning a quarter of a century, sharing the stories of its successive occupants.
Amos Gitaï is an Israeli filmmaker, internationally known for his documentaries and feature films about the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and personal and collective memory.

Wajib (96’)
by Annemarie Jacir
3:45 pm > 4:10 pm

After years abroad in Italy, Shadi (Bakri) returns to his native Nazareth. But this is no spectacular homecoming. He's back somewhat begrudgingly to honour his "wajib" (or duty) to hand out invitations to his sister's wedding with his father. The simmering tension between the two - who are often stuck in a car, more often than not in traffic - builds, exposing the sometimes-comic chasms that exist between men who live in different worlds but share an unshakable bond.
Annemarie Jacir is an independent filmmaker from Palestine. She has written, directed and produced a number of award-winning films. She is founder of Philistine Films.

ButoHouse (34’)
by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine
4:20 pm > 4:55 pm

Somewhere in the gigantic human anthill of Tokyo, a man resists to the infernal machinery of the great metropolis. Alone, for 15 years, he built this resistance in the form of a house. The work of Keisuke Oka escapes any simple definition. Trained in butoh dance, an avant-garde choreographic movement born in Japan in the 1960s, Oka makes architecture a performance. Conceived day after day in the mode of improvisation, the space that slowly emerges is a form of moving meditation. Like the house, this film is an improvisation. Beka & Lemoine met Keisuke Oka by chance the day he chose to build, before the total stop of the project, the last three steps of the staircase that will lead to the top floor. ButoHouse is a film about concrete, illumination, perseverance and hope.
Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine are visual artists who work in a variety of media, such as film, video installation and books. They live in Venice.

 A Lot with Little (60’)
by Noemi Blager & Tapio Snellman
5 pm > 6 pm

A Lot With Little presents the inspiring work of ten architects from across the globe who have used ingenuity to tackle the climatic, social and economic crises of our time, respecting local culture and emphasising ethical and resource-efficient solutions. A multichannel film installation, exclusively adapted to a single screen for its premiere at the Biennale Architettura 2023, showcases selected projects in their existing settings, alongside interviews with the architects themselves.
Noemi Blager is an Argentine architect and curator based in London. With her curatorial work she champions visionary, respecting local culture and emphasising ethical and resource-efficient solutions.

2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize Ceremony (43’)
6:05 pm > 6:45 pm

The Pritzker Architecture Prize was created to honor a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture. This special film celebrates the 2022 Pritzker Laureate, Francis Kéré, who has just also been named Japan’s Praemium Imperiale Laureate, the first African architect to win both, and whose work is featured prominently in the Central Pavilion’s Force Majeure section.

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