Two Italian films, one on film and one on design, make up this session of Arquiteturas’19. The films are related by the time frame they treat in the 60s and 70s, decades in which Italian architects, designers and filmmakers were not only involved as the critique of modernism, but also politically engaged in denouncing the ills of society.

 

Thirty-seven Films for a Home shows how the question of the struggle for appropriation of the city’s territory is not new. The expansion of the city over the countryside in the 60s and 70s already problematized the life situation of the proletariat in a Rome marked by real estate speculation and social exclusion. The film portrays the housing issues of the time brought to political debate by the images of Italian guerrilla film; also shows how, in the 1960s, in line with the emergence of global ecological awareness, Italy was already talking about the need to use recyclable materials. These radical films claimed a social architecture, not conniving with speculative structures, involved with social transformation.

Political issues such as the Vietnam War, the Italian student movement of 68 and the workers’ demonstrations in Florence serve as a backdrop for the official SuperDesign documentary. The film tells of the history of the various design and architecture groups that broke out in Tuscany in the 1960s and 1970s, not only the famous Superstudio, but also the UFO, Archizoom and Studio 65. They were all part of a movement radical design that defended a new vision of the world and a utopian society, transformed by design and constant experiences with new postwar materials such as polyurethane, new types of plastic and fabrics.

 

Thirty-seven movies for a home

Arianna Lodeserto
Italy, 2017, 11‘
New talents Competition
Portuguese Premiere

 

SuperDesign

Francesca Molteni
Italy, 2018, 60’
Oficial Documentary Official Program
Portuguese Premiere