And the winners of ARQUITETURAS’19 are…

Documentary Competition

Melting Souls by François-Xavier Destors

Norilsk. Between the poetics of the snow that surrounds everything and the environments filmed with photographic precision, the look of Francois-Xavier Destors is an attentive interpretation of the existences of families and individuals in conflict with this city that sucks them into their industries and their memories of the USSR. Melting Souls is a documentary film that puts us before a paradox: the impossibility of seeing ourselves living in Norilsk and the feeling that we could have our most extreme experience there. From the cut to the montage, from the film sequences to the underground intrigue, this film reflects on the life in a society in which one does not breathe. The soundscape by the young musician and resident of Norilsk increases the complex hate-love relationship.


Experimental Competition (Ex aequo) 


Atlas of the Wounded Buildings by Thadeusz Tischbein

Thadeusz Tischbein has a unique and very original way of dealing with his subject matter. He forces us to sharpen or view, to look closer to the traces, bullets, the trauma of Nazism. This film is at the same time violent and poetic. From sounds to zoom images that enlarge the size of projectile holes in buildings in Hungary, Poland and Germany, to the artistic sense of a black and white film, alluding to Expressionist cinema, the “thinking gaze”guides us in world impregnated with historical memory.


Landing by Shirin Sabahi

Landing by Shirin Sabahi surprises by a reflective approach on the inherent aspects of the construction of an iconic corporate building. A speculative ambulation reveals the most varied issues that a building on the eve of opening may provide. This metaphorical narration accompanied by the photographer’s eyes reveals different aspects of the building’s spatial, functional, and poetic functions. Revealing also an original way of documenting architecture far beyond its iconic images. This palimpsest between text, narrative, and image is constructed excellently.


New Talents Competition:

IRIS by Lea Najjar

In Beirut, as elsewhere in the world, the same problem: old professions, old traditions, ancient gestures are perishing. The buildings grow, in height and length, crushing places that were ways and trades of life. A fisherman is struggling with gentrification. A project designed by architects offers the fisherman a more dignified life. Enlighten it: to the life of this lover of the sea, that guardian of memory that the megalopolises are getting into a corner, forgetting them. The beauty of the images of this film by Lea Najjar honors poetic lives at risk of disappearing.

Fiction Competition

Lá vem o Dia (Here comes the Day) by Mercês Tomaz Gomes

Allegory of contemporary life, this film calls into question the encounters and disagreements of human relations. In a house designed to be adapted to the fast, narrow and functional world, we debate here with pressing questions: the images of the house give body and project the conflict in which we live immersed. In this time of scarcity of housing spaces in cities, documenting the ingenuity and the need for architecture to be pragmatic in relation to space issues, but also over and over with regard to materials and ecological positioning. Globalization versus private, although we are all within a “click”, we may be more alone than ever. “Here Comes the Day” by Mercês Tomaz Gomes is performative, provocative and uncomfortable.

Audience Vote

The Proposal by Jill Magid
Known as “the artist among architects,” Luis Barragán is among the world’s most celebrated architects of the 20th century. Upon his death in 1988, much of his work was locked away in a Swiss bunker, hidden from the world’s view. In an attempt to resurrect Barragán’s life and art, boundary-redefining artist Jill Magid creates a daring proposition that becomes a fascinating artwork in itself—a high-wire act of negotiation that explores how far an artist will go to democratize access to art.


Congratulations to the winners!