Spotlight on Bêka & Lemoine

Bêka & Lemoine

A revolutionary approach on architecture as a living environment

For this first edition we are proud to feature the work of Bêka & Lemoine with five architecture films chosen for the festival by the internationally acclaimed directors. The projection will be introduced by the authors and will feature five films, one for each festival night.
Bêka & Lemoine have stood out on the international architectural scene for the last 15 years through a cinematographic work known for its innovative nature and its tender and biting humour, which has disrupted the usual representation of contemporary architecture by putting people and uses at the forefront. A project which defeats the question of genre, by placing itself at the edges of the documentary and video art, through a singular and highly subjective style. Thanks to an authentic artistic perspective on architecture, Bêka & Lemoine open new horizons to the relationship between architecture and cinema.
Presented by The New-York Times as the “cult figures in the European architecture world”, Beka & Lemoine’s work has been widely acclaimed as “a new form of criticism” (Mark) which “has deeply changed the way of looking at architecture” (Domus). Selected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (the Met) as one of the “Most exciting and critical design project of the year 2016”, elected “Game Changers 2015” by Metropolis Magazine, selected as one of the “100 most talented personalities of 2017” by Icon Design, the complete work of Bêka & Lemoine has been acquired in 2016 by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York for its permanent collection.

Featured Films

Koolhaas Houselife

Tuesday September 1st

Koolhaas Houselife
Koolhaas Houselife portrays one of the masterpieces of contemporary architecture: the house in Bordeaux, designed by Rem Koolhaas / OMA in 1998.
The film lets the viewer enter into the daily intimacy of the house through the stories and daily chores of Guadalupe Acedo, the housekeeper, and the other people who look after the building.
As we follow and interact with Guadalupe, an unusual and unpredictable look at the spaces and structure of the building opens up.

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fLVMyGBFSU
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“Heartfelt, thought-provoking and hilariously funny.” The New York Times
“The architecture cult movie!” El Pais
“Magique!.” Le Monde
“Formidable!” Le Monde (10 years later)
“Brilliant!” The Guardian
“A real surprise!” Vanity Fair
“One of the most mesmerising films about contemporary architecture” Financial Times
“Fresh and iconoclast. Terribly comical!“ Criticat
“The most notorious architecture documentary!” A10
“The film emerges as a contemporary philosophical discussion about the very purpose of design.” Modern Times
“Rare and hilarious!” MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art, New York
* World premiere 11. Biennale Internazionale di Architettura di Venezia, 2008
* Best Prize, ArchFilmLund, Sweden, 2013

EXHIBITIONS | “Inservitude”, Arc en Rêve, Bordeaux, 2019 | “Without Walls: Disability and Innovation in Building Design”, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2018 | CAMP, Prague, 2018 | “OMA/Progress”, Barbican Art Gallery, London, 2011 | “Living. Frontiers of architecture”, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, 2011 | Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, 2010 | Oslo Architecture Triennal, Oslo, 2010 | The Architecture Foundation, London, 2010.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS (selection) | Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, 2018 | MMCA, Seoul, 2018 | MOMAK, Kyoto, 2018 | Milano Design Film Festival, 2018 | Princeton University, 2018 | Fundaçao Centre Cultural de Belém, Lisboa, 2017 | Mextropoli, Ciudad de México, 2016 | Copenhagen Architecture Festival, 2015 | Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris, 2013 | Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2010.
DIRECTORS: Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine
IMAGE AND SOUND: Ila Bêka
EDITING: Tiros Niakaj, Louise Lemoine
LANGUAGE: French
SUBTITLES: English, Spanish, Italian, Portoguese, Japanese, Korean.
PRODUCTION: Bêka & Partners, France France, 2008, colour, 58 min

Barbicania

Wednesday September 2nd

Barbicania
Barbicania is a feature-length film capturing a month long immersion in the life of the Barbican Centre and Estate in London, one of the most representative achievements of brutalist architecture.
The film, built as a personal diary, recounts on a daily basis what the directors duo has discovered during their urban trip from the top floors of the towers to the underground levels of the art centre.
Barbicania invites you to discover the personalities, lifestyle and architectural landscapes that make the Barbican so special.
Drawing an intimate human map of the place, the film questions the durability of this post Second World War utopia.

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vpokrTbKHs
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“An intimate and lively filmic map of Barbican’s Brutalist masterpiece.” Domus
“Beka & Lemoine animate the fortress and turn the darkest building of London into a series of colourful short stories.” L’Espresso
“An original and clever cinematographic language which deeply innovates the architecture representation.” Icon Design
“A completely original way to tell a story. Astonishing!” Huffington Post
OFFICIAL SELECTION | Copenhagen Architecture Festival, 2016 | DocAviv , Tel Aviv, 2016 | BAFICI, Buenos Aires, 2016 | MA!design is human, Atlanta, 2015 | Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, 2015 | Doku.arts, Berlin, 2015 | ArchFilmLund, Lund, 2015 | Architektur film sommer, Vienna, 2015 | Milano Design Film Festival, 2015 | Arquitecturas Film Festival, Lisbon, 2015 | ADFF New York, 2015 | Windsor International Film Festival, 2015

SCREENINGS (selection) | Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, 2018 | MMCA, Seoul, 2018 | MOMAK, Kyoto, 2018 | Princeton University, 2018 | Palais de Beaux Arts, Bruxelles, 2017 | CAPC, Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, 2017 | Fundaçao Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, 2017 | SALT, Istanbul, 2017 | Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2016 | Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Toronto, 2016 | Barbican Centre, London, 2014
DIRECTORS: Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Ila Bêka
SOUND: Louise Lemoine
EDITING: Ila Bêka, Louise Lemoine
COLORIST: Yov Moor
SOUND MIX: Walter Fuji, Lo Studio
ILLUSTRATIONS: Alfred
LINE PRODUCER: Marco Mona
LANGUAGE: English
SUBTITLES: French
PRODUCTION: Bêka & Partners, France
CO-PRODUCTION: Barbican Centre, UK France/UK, 2014, HD, colour, 90 min

Commissioned by the Barbican Centre and supported by Fluxus Art Projects. Acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Homo Urbanus

Thursday September 3rd

Homo Urbanus
Walking in unknown cities to collect impressions, to catch a vibration, to gather situations and things seen at the angle of a street, on a crossroad, from the top of a building.
Depicting a city in its present, in the simplicity of its daily life. Listening to its rumble, the sound of its depths. Slipping into its rhythm. To be on the lookout, in a continuous wonder towards the imagination and creativity men have managed to develop to find a way to live together. Asking ourselves what makes a city, trying to understand its silent rules, its habits, its imperfections, its difficulties, and its unique way to answer the endless question: Where do we go?
This project tries to collect a few elements of answer. These visual notes, made on the fly, look at the urban inhabitant within his group and in his deep solitude, redrawing the outline of each city following a sentimental geography. Presented in a comparative dynamic through the lens of a selection of themes and issues linked with the street daily life, these films enable us to perceive each of these different urban contexts as an experimental, local and unique laboratory answering the same global challenge of how can we live all together.

Trailer: vimeo.com/ondemand/homourbanus
Watch Bêka & Lemoine films on the official site
“A jem!” Artribune
“Huge, crazy and brilliant project!” Dezeen
“Amazing odyssey!” Domus
“Gorgeous images probably inspired by the draping to be found in Tiepolo, Tintoretto and Veronese! We always thought that Bêka & Lemoine are classic artists. ” FIG Project
“Breathtaking!” - The Wall Street Journal
DIRECTORS: Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Ila Bêka
EDITING: Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine
COLORIST: Melo Prino
SOUND MIX: Walter Fuji, Lo Studio
PRODUCTION: Bêka & Partners, France France, 2019, HD, colour, 10 x 55 min (approx)

Artistic commission by the City of Bordeaux for Agora Biennial, with the support of Institut Français du Japon and the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation

The Infinite Happiness

Friday September 4th

the infinite happiness
The Infinite Happiness is a highly unusual architectural experience. The film takes us to the heart of one of the contemporary residential developments considered to be a new model of success: the giant “8 House” designed in 2009 by Danish architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group in the suburbs of Copenhagen.
Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine recount their month-long immersion inside this experiment of vertical village, nominated “World best residential building” in 2011. As a Lego game, the film builds up a collection of life stories all interconnected by their personal relation to the building.
Drawing the lines of a human map, the film reveals the building through an inner and intimate point of view. By showing the surprising results of this innovative social model, the directors question the architecture’s ability to create collective happiness.

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAPEioSNvDc
Watch Bêka & Lemoine films on the official site
“Breathtaking and warm documentary. Many fates are in big and small directly influenced by the architecture, and it is the film’s genius to show it so musical, so simple.” Politiken
“So original, vivid and witty. Beka and Lemoine bring the gods down to earth.” Der Tagesspiegel
“Wonderful! Blessedly free of the customary documentary trappings.” Chicago Tribune
“Pushing the limits of representation.” Assemble
“More than just a documentary. It’s an ode to the architecture’s social power.” Der Standard
“A light-hearted and insightful movie that will make you laugh and smile, this is a must-see.” Urban Toronto
OFFICIAL SELECTION | ADFF Seoul, 2017 | Milano Design Film Festival, 2016 | ArchFilmLund, Lund, 2016 | DocAviv, Tel Aviv, 2015 | Chicago Film Festival, 2015 | CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, 2015 | ADFF, New York, 2015 | Antenna Documentary Film Festival, Sidney, 2015 | FIFA, Montreal, 2015 | CAFx, Copenhagen, 2015

EXHIBITIONS | CAMP, Prague, 2018 | “HOT TO COLD”, Bjarke Ingels Group, National Building Museum, Washington, 2015

SCREENINGS (selection) | Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, 2018 | MMCA, Seoul, 2018 | MOMAK, Kyoto, 2018 | Princeton University, 2018 | Fundaçao Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, 2017 | Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Toronto, 2016
DIRECTORS: Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Ila Bêka
SOUND: Louise Lemoine
EDITING: Ila Bêka, Louise Lemoine
COLORIST: Melo Prino, Luca Immesi
SOUND MIX: Walter Fuji, Lo Studio
LINE PRODUCER: Marco Mona
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Héloïse LalanneCastellano
LANGUAGE: English
SUBTITLES: French, Italian
PRODUCTION: Bêka & Partners and in co-production with Bjarke Ingels Group
France/Denmark, 2015, HD, colour, 85 min

Acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Moriyama-San

Saturday September 5th

Koolhaas Houselife
One week in the extraordinary-ordinary life of Mr. Moriyama, a Japanese art, architecture and music enlightened amateur who lives in one of the most famous contemporary Japanese architecture, the Moriyama house, built in Tokyo in 2005 by PritzkerPrize winner Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA).
Introduced in the intimacy of this experimental microcosm which redefines completely the common sense of domestic life, Ila Bêka recounts in a very spontaneous and personal way the unique personality of the owner: a urban hermit living in a small archipelago of peace and contemplation in the heart of Tokyo.
From noise music to experimental movies, the film let us enter into the ramification of the Mr. Moriyama’s free spirit.
Moriyama-San, the first film about noise music, acrobatic reading, silent movies, fireworks and Japanese architecture!

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Egr2BAdXZA4
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“A film by the brilliant film-makers Bêka & Lemoine about an unusual man in an unusual house.” The Guardian
“An endearing portrait of a homeowner and his house. Amusing and irriverent.” The Economist
“Playful, funny and unexpectedly endearing. Brilliant documentary!” Design Talks
“Absolutely not to miss.” Icon Magazine
“Brilliant!” Blueprint
“Enormously Special!” ArchDaily
“More than a documentary film, Moriyama-san is an inspirational piece of thought for today’s building and living” - Der Standard
* Best Prize, London Architecture Film Festival, 2019
* Best Prize, FILAF D’OR, Festival International du Livre d’Art et du Film, Perpignan, 2018
* Best Prize, Arquiteturas Film Festival, Lisbon, 2018
* Best Prize, Arqfilmfest, Santiago, Chile, 2018
* Best Prize, FIFAAC, Bègles, France

OFFICIAL SELECTION | BAFICI, Buenos Aires, 2018 | Milano Design Film Festival, 2018 | PIAF, Perth, 2018 | Brussels Art Film Festival, 2018 | DocAviv, Tel Aviv, 2017 | Dok Leipzig, Leipzig, 2017 | Chicago International Film Festival, 2017

EXHIBITIONS | “At Home”, MAXXI, Rome, 2019 | CAMP, Prague, 2018 |“The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945”, Barbican Centre, London, 2017
DIRECTORS: Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Ila Bêka
EDITING: Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine
COLORIST: Melo Prino
SOUND MIX: Walter Fuji, Lo Studio
LANGUAGE: English
SUBTITLES: English, French, Italian
PRODUCTION: Bêka & Partners, France

France, 2017, HD, colour, 63 min
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