Resene Film Festival

Rialto Cinemas and Resene are once again partnered with Clearly & Co, who have curated the spectacular films since the 2017 line-up. Curator Clare Buchanan says, "These films engage us to examine societal, cultural, and environmental changes as they happen, and to contemplate the role of architecture and design in this context."
 

Architect of Brutal Poetry

Having produced around 400 projects over a 50-year career, the famous Brazilian architect Han Broos has influenced several generations of architects and urban planners, and he was one of the prominent practitioners of the Escola Paulista. His 60s and 70s architecture is usually associated with heavy brutalism embracing avant-garde qualities and rough materiality to create undeniably exceptional spaces. Broos is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Little by little, memories of his life, work and relationships are washed away. With his work marked by deep relationships with geography and history, this documentary—filmed at his studio house Casa Broos in São Paulo—revisits those spaces and people through the architect's memories.

Architect of Brutal Poetry

Having produced around 400 projects over a 50-year career, the famous Brazilian architect Han Broos has influenced several generations of architects and urban planners, and he was one of the prominent practitioners of the Escola Paulista. His 60s and 70s architecture is usually associated with heavy brutalism embracing avant-garde qualities and rough materiality to create undeniably exceptional spaces. Broos is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Little by little, memories of his life, work and relationships are washed away. With his work marked by deep relationships with geography and history, this documentary—filmed at his studio house Casa Broos in São Paulo—revisits those spaces and people through the architect's memories.
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Shelter Without Shelter

Shelter Without Shelter is the story of the great hopes and profound challenges of sheltering forced migrants across Europe and the Middle East. Filmed over two years, this documentary feature takes you behind the scenes to the realities of refugee shelters, the people who created them, and the migrants who have to live in them. From mega-camps, city squats, and occupied airports, to informal settlements, requisitioned buildings, and flat-pack solutions, Shelter Without Shelter gives you unique insights into one of the greatest challenges of our times. We all need shelter, but what is it?

Shelter Without Shelter

Shelter Without Shelter is the story of the great hopes and profound challenges of sheltering forced migrants across Europe and the Middle East. Filmed over two years, this documentary feature takes you behind the scenes to the realities of refugee shelters, the people who created them, and the migrants who have to live in them. From mega-camps, city squats, and occupied airports, to informal settlements, requisitioned buildings, and flat-pack solutions, Shelter Without Shelter gives you unique insights into one of the greatest challenges of our times. We all need shelter, but what is it?
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Inside the Uffizi

Go behind the scenes of the prominent art museum Uffizi Gallery, located in the Historic Centre of Florence. Built in 1561 by Giorgio Vasari, it is one of the world’s oldest museums, in which every task becomes a ritual.

Inside the Uffizi

Go behind the scenes of the prominent art museum Uffizi Gallery, located in the Historic Centre of Florence. Built in 1561 by Giorgio Vasari, it is one of the world’s oldest museums, in which every task becomes a ritual.
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Symphony of the Ursus Factory

The Ursus factory once covered 170 hectares and employed 20,000 workers, producing 100 tractors a day. Now, its buildings stand derelict and empty; half have already been demolished by investors with new plans. The symphony of mechanical sounds and gestures that is gradually built up throughout the film is produced by former factory employees. Proud of their factory, they reminisce about the huge numbers of people and the parties they had. They were a community, passionate about supporting agriculture through their factory. The Ursus tractor was well-known, not only in Poland but throughout the world.

Symphony of the Ursus Factory

The Ursus factory once covered 170 hectares and employed 20,000 workers, producing 100 tractors a day. Now, its buildings stand derelict and empty; half have already been demolished by investors with new plans. The symphony of mechanical sounds and gestures that is gradually built up throughout the film is produced by former factory employees. Proud of their factory, they reminisce about the huge numbers of people and the parties they had. They were a community, passionate about supporting agriculture through their factory. The Ursus tractor was well-known, not only in Poland but throughout the world.
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Building Bastille – The Improbable Story of the Pa

A half a billion dollar project, a crushing architectural challenge and impossible deadline, two warring political titans and an architect who has never built anything. What could go wrong? From political intrigues and personal costs to Pavarotti and opera’s brightest stars, again and again, nothing is what it seems. BUILDING BASTILLE is a feature-length documentary that tells the comic, dramatic and tangled story of modern history’s greatest case of mistaken identity and seized opportunity, combining current footage with archival images and original 16MM film.

Building Bastille – The Improbable Story of the Pa

A half a billion dollar project, a crushing architectural challenge and impossible deadline, two warring political titans and an architect who has never built anything. What could go wrong? From political intrigues and personal costs to Pavarotti and opera’s brightest stars, again and again, nothing is what it seems. BUILDING BASTILLE is a feature-length documentary that tells the comic, dramatic and tangled story of modern history’s greatest case of mistaken identity and seized opportunity, combining current footage with archival images and original 16MM film.
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McCurry: The Pursuit of Color

An intimate look at the contemporary photojournalist Steve McCurry, best known for his famed photograph 'Afghan Girl'. The one thing more poignant than McCurry’s pictures is his tumultuous 40-year career, which he’s spent travelling the globe essentially alone, capturing candid snapshots depicting the complexity of human life.

McCurry: The Pursuit of Color

An intimate look at the contemporary photojournalist Steve McCurry, best known for his famed photograph 'Afghan Girl'. The one thing more poignant than McCurry’s pictures is his tumultuous 40-year career, which he’s spent travelling the globe essentially alone, capturing candid snapshots depicting the complexity of human life.
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Maija Isola, Master of Colour and Form

Finnish artist Maija Isola began her long and remarkable career in 1949 as a textile designer at Printex, a home furnishings and fashion company which preceeded Marimekko. Over 38 years, she designed more than 500 fabric patterns, which cover an amazingly diverse range of motifs and design techniques. Drawing inspiration from traditional folk art, modern visual art, nature and countless trips around the world, Isola’s most well-known pattern is the Unikko pattern, created after the founder of Marimekko had announced that no floral fabrics are to be designed at Marimekko. Isola did not accept rules or restrictions and designed in protest a complete collection of bold floral patterns.

Maija Isola, Master of Colour and Form

Finnish artist Maija Isola began her long and remarkable career in 1949 as a textile designer at Printex, a home furnishings and fashion company which preceeded Marimekko. Over 38 years, she designed more than 500 fabric patterns, which cover an amazingly diverse range of motifs and design techniques. Drawing inspiration from traditional folk art, modern visual art, nature and countless trips around the world, Isola’s most well-known pattern is the Unikko pattern, created after the founder of Marimekko had announced that no floral fabrics are to be designed at Marimekko. Isola did not accept rules or restrictions and designed in protest a complete collection of bold floral patterns.
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The Automat

A crowd-pleasing slice of nostalgia, this charming documentary offers a comprehensive history into the phenomenal franchise Horn & Hardart— the inspiration for Starbucks—and where generations of Americans were encouraged to eat and drink coffee together at communal tables throughout New York City and Philadelphia. An important part of the American social fabric, Horn & Hardart were known for serving fresh meals through vending machines and encouraging communal-style dining. This documentary follows the growth and peak of the restaurant as it grapples with the looming rise of fast food.

The Automat

A crowd-pleasing slice of nostalgia, this charming documentary offers a comprehensive history into the phenomenal franchise Horn & Hardart— the inspiration for Starbucks—and where generations of Americans were encouraged to eat and drink coffee together at communal tables throughout New York City and Philadelphia. An important part of the American social fabric, Horn & Hardart were known for serving fresh meals through vending machines and encouraging communal-style dining. This documentary follows the growth and peak of the restaurant as it grapples with the looming rise of fast food.
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Mau

From Mecca to MoMA, from Guatemala to Coca Cola, this documentary explores the untold story of design visionary and the absolutely charismatic Bruce Mau. Revealing his unlikely rise in the creative world, and ever-optimistic push to tackle the world’s biggest problems with design, this first-ever, feature length documentary, tells the story of his incredible career and his most important project yet: his own life. MAU is a hopeful film that will make you rethink how you see the future.

Mau

From Mecca to MoMA, from Guatemala to Coca Cola, this documentary explores the untold story of design visionary and the absolutely charismatic Bruce Mau. Revealing his unlikely rise in the creative world, and ever-optimistic push to tackle the world’s biggest problems with design, this first-ever, feature length documentary, tells the story of his incredible career and his most important project yet: his own life. MAU is a hopeful film that will make you rethink how you see the future.
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Grethe Meyer: The Queen of Danish Design

Grethe Meyer is one of the great figures of Danish design, but perhaps also one of the most overlooked. As an architect and designer, Meyer left us with functional designs for the home, including dinnerware and cutlery, that are still of great importance today.

Grethe Meyer: The Queen of Danish Design

Grethe Meyer is one of the great figures of Danish design, but perhaps also one of the most overlooked. As an architect and designer, Meyer left us with functional designs for the home, including dinnerware and cutlery, that are still of great importance today.
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High Maintenance - The Life and Work of Dani Karav

Full of wry wit and bursting with energy, HIGH MAINTENANCE is a warm and touching portrayal of Dani Karavan—a world-famous Israeli sculptor, who has created nearly 100 environmental installations all across the world and won the most prestigious international art awards. Yet Karavan is far from satisfied. His monumental structures are deteriorating, his age is catching up with him, the political climate in Israel is driving him mad, and he becomes embroiled in a political and artistic conflict over his latest commission.

High Maintenance - The Life and Work of Dani Karav

Full of wry wit and bursting with energy, HIGH MAINTENANCE is a warm and touching portrayal of Dani Karavan—a world-famous Israeli sculptor, who has created nearly 100 environmental installations all across the world and won the most prestigious international art awards. Yet Karavan is far from satisfied. His monumental structures are deteriorating, his age is catching up with him, the political climate in Israel is driving him mad, and he becomes embroiled in a political and artistic conflict over his latest commission.
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Ailey

Alvin Ailey was a visionary artist who found salvation through dance. Told in his own words and through the creation of a dance inspired by his life, this immersive portrait follows a man who, when confronted by a world that refused to embrace him, determined to build one that would.

Ailey

Alvin Ailey was a visionary artist who found salvation through dance. Told in his own words and through the creation of a dance inspired by his life, this immersive portrait follows a man who, when confronted by a world that refused to embrace him, determined to build one that would.
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An Other City

The turn of the 21st Century was a golden age in Swedish urban planning. Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm became a model around the world for how to design an attractive and eco-friendly urban environment. At the forefront of the new planning stood the architect Jan Inghe, who was a driving force in the movement to reclaim public space as a core value of urban planning. Inghe strived to show the example of how modernist plans could be married to the more intimate urban spaces.

An Other City

The turn of the 21st Century was a golden age in Swedish urban planning. Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm became a model around the world for how to design an attractive and eco-friendly urban environment. At the forefront of the new planning stood the architect Jan Inghe, who was a driving force in the movement to reclaim public space as a core value of urban planning. Inghe strived to show the example of how modernist plans could be married to the more intimate urban spaces.
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Holy Frit

In this three-year race against time, Tim Carey, a talented, yet unknown L.A. artist, bluffs his way into winning the commission to create the largest stained-glass window of its kind. The problem is, he doesn't know how to make it. After a desperate search, he finds someone who might have the answer - a famous glass maestro, named, Narcissus Quagliata.

Holy Frit

In this three-year race against time, Tim Carey, a talented, yet unknown L.A. artist, bluffs his way into winning the commission to create the largest stained-glass window of its kind. The problem is, he doesn't know how to make it. After a desperate search, he finds someone who might have the answer - a famous glass maestro, named, Narcissus Quagliata.
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House Works + Memo Mori

Emily Richardson is an artist, filmmaker and researcher whose films explore the nature of our relationship to personal histories and the spaces we inhabit.

HOUSE WORK is a film study on three modernist homes in East Anglia in the UK: 3 Church Walk, Beach House and Spender House.

MEMO MORI is a journey through Hackney tracing loss and disappearance. A canoe trip along the canal, the huts of the Manor Garden allotments in Hackney Wick, demolition, relocation, a magical bus tour through the Olympic park and a Hell’s Angel funeral mark a seismic shift in the topography of East London.

House Works + Memo Mori

Emily Richardson is an artist, filmmaker and researcher whose films explore the nature of our relationship to personal histories and the spaces we inhabit.

HOUSE WORK is a film study on three modernist homes in East Anglia in the UK: 3 Church Walk, Beach House and Spender House.

MEMO MORI is a journey through Hackney tracing loss and disappearance. A canoe trip along the canal, the huts of the Manor Garden allotments in Hackney Wick, demolition, relocation, a magical bus tour through the Olympic park and a Hell’s Angel funeral mark a seismic shift in the topography of East London.
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Mud Frontier: Architecture at the Borderlands

Set in the remote San Luis Valley of Colorado, this documentary follows design studio Rael San Fratello’s experimentation with 3D-printing technology and traditional adobe architecture. Motivated by the neglect of traditional adobe houses that once covered the region and the rise of concrete buildings, Studio Rael San Fratello connects contemporary technology with the legacy of pottery making and adobe architecture in the Southwest. It is an analytical exercise that strives to hold on to cultural traditions while pushing the limits of a humble, naturally occurring material with the help of 21st-century technology.

Mud Frontier: Architecture at the Borderlands

Set in the remote San Luis Valley of Colorado, this documentary follows design studio Rael San Fratello’s experimentation with 3D-printing technology and traditional adobe architecture. Motivated by the neglect of traditional adobe houses that once covered the region and the rise of concrete buildings, Studio Rael San Fratello connects contemporary technology with the legacy of pottery making and adobe architecture in the Southwest. It is an analytical exercise that strives to hold on to cultural traditions while pushing the limits of a humble, naturally occurring material with the help of 21st-century technology.
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Quant

One of Britain’s most renowned cultural figures, Quant was at the vanguard of the stylistic revolution of the 60s and 70s, leading the charge away from convention and conservatism through the championing of ground-breaking designs including the miniskirt and hot pants, plus an ingeniously creative partnership with hair stylist, Vidal Sassoon. Cinematic and stylistic, this is the fascinating story of the iconic design and retail pioneer, from her very first store on London’s legendary King’s Road, through to the development of a global empire. Using archive footage, original interviews with Quant’s contemporaries, family and modern day fashion and style leaders, plus dramatized scenes, Quant will be a feature of striking originality that is incredibly ‘of the moment’, revealing Mary’s quest to take on the world of fashion, push boundaries and pave the way for generations of women for decades after.

Quant

One of Britain’s most renowned cultural figures, Quant was at the vanguard of the stylistic revolution of the 60s and 70s, leading the charge away from convention and conservatism through the championing of ground-breaking designs including the miniskirt and hot pants, plus an ingeniously creative partnership with hair stylist, Vidal Sassoon. Cinematic and stylistic, this is the fascinating story of the iconic design and retail pioneer, from her very first store on London’s legendary King’s Road, through to the development of a global empire. Using archive footage, original interviews with Quant’s contemporaries, family and modern day fashion and style leaders, plus dramatized scenes, Quant will be a feature of striking originality that is incredibly ‘of the moment’, revealing Mary’s quest to take on the world of fashion, push boundaries and pave the way for generations of women for decades after.
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