Have you ever fallen down a rabbit hole online of demolition videos or rock cleaning jobs? These subjects make for compelling – if unexpected – spectacles that invite us to slow down for a moment and just…watch.
To slow down! is the theme of this year’s Arquiteturas Film Festival, taking place in Porto from September 27 to October 1, 2022. The program explores the art of taking a break with a series of documentaries and experimental films exploring the transformative subjects of demolition, reduction and reuse of architecture.
While the Arquiteturas Film Festival is in its ninth edition, it is first hosted by Porto. The festival occupies five venues in the city – Cinema Passos Manuel, Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP), Fundação Instituto Marques da Silva (FIMS), INSTITUTO and Casa Comum.
Highlights include “Architecture on the Edge: Nishizawa House,” exploring how Chile’s extreme geography produced avant-garde architecture; and Jonathan Ben-Shaul’s film ‘What are we going to do with these buildings?’ on the legacy of Soviet architecture in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Conferences, exhibitions and masterclasses are also offered, including one by The spaces contributor and BAFTA winner filmmaker Richard John Seymour.