Office screenings: Architects & Documentaries

Last year, the One World Romania at School team initiated a new series of monthly events, which are hosted in our shared workspace, at the Latitudine53 by Manasc Isaac office. Our co-inhabitants are part of a team that is one of Romania's most vibrant architecture offices, so we decided to find a common terrain and screen documentaries that intersect topics such as human rights and architecture, individual experiences and urbanism, education and praxis.

The screenings take place on the second Thrusday of each month and are also subtitled in English - so, be our guest, especially since there's no entrance fee! Complimentary drinks are on the house. Our shared address is Blvd. Hristo Botev 27, Sector 3, Bucharest. 

Here's a short rundown of the events, up to now. (Our next event takes place on the 14th of Feburary, with a Czech-Vietnamese film called Built to Last, by Haruna Honcoop - Valentine's dates are welcome!)

#1: Koolhaas Houselife (15th of November 2018)

Our first screening was Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine's 2013 documentary Koolhaas Houselife, which portrays one of the masterpieces of contemporary architecture. The film lets the viewer enter into the house's daily intimacy through the stories and daily chores of Guadalupe Acedo, the housekeeper, and the other people who look after the building. 

Our first screening was a hit - Koolhaas Houselife screened to a full house of viewers enthusiastic about both cinema and architecture.

#2: Daguerreotypes (12th of December 2018)

For our second event, we chose a vintage documentary film by the French New Wave's darling cineaste, Agnes Varda. Daguerreotypes is a wonderfully intimate portrait of the small shops and shopkeepers on a short stretch of the Rue Daguerre, a picturesque street that has been the filmmaker's home for more than 50 years. Varda opens up a fantastic world in microcosm, apicture of a city and a way of life that no longer exist.

As in the case of our first screening, our office filled up with cinephiles curious to see one of the hidden gems of Varda's filmography.

#3 Whose city? (10th of January 2019)

Since we know all about how the transitioning from communism can transform the face of a city, we decided to create a paralell between Bucharest and Berlin by screening Hans Christian Post's 2017 film, Whose city?, a film about the transformation of Berlin from the somewhat run-down and neglected, but highly dynamic and flexible city of the 1990s to today’s ever-more chic and exclusive city. The film represents a meditative journey through Berlin, from Potsdamer Platz in the West to Alexanderplatz in the East, and from the male-dominated conservative urban planning of the early 1990s to the more open-minded, women-led urban planning of today. 

Our third screening was the most popular one to date - with spectators queueing in front of the entrance, filling up all the chairs (and even the floor!) of our office. Wow!

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