Arquiteturas team believes this break is a great opportunity to look back at the festival’s last seven editions and provide viewers staying indoors worldwide with a selected retrospective of free streaming films. Each film will be released every Friday, running until next year’s edition, and can be viewed for one week. This initiative aims to provide visibility to the films and the makers and their contribution to initiating great discussions through their build environment stories. A live Q&A with the filmmakers, producers or authors will be announced whenever this is made possible, via the festival’s Instagram and FB pages.
FREE STREAMING AVAILABLE BELOW FROM 3 – 9 JULY
LIVE INSTAGRAM with GERRIT MESSIAEN WEDNESDAY, July 8 @ 7PM (GMT+2)
Lucien Hervé, Photographer Despite Himself BEST INTERNATIONAL DOC ARQUITETURAS’13
Gerrit Messiaen, 2013, Belgium, 54′
“Lucien Hervé, Photographer Despite Himself” is a film about the essence of the work and life of one of the most important photographers of architecture of the 20th century. As the official photographer of French architect Le Corbusier, Lucien Hervé worked for the designer from 1949 until his death in 1965. He then worked for a number of famous architects including Marcel Breuer, Oscar Niemeyer and Walter Gropius.
The film is an outstanding portrait of the photographer, of Paris and the spirit of the times. It is based on old photographs and footage and is narrated by his widow.
2014: FIFA Montreal – Official Selection – Competition (CA), Kumu Documentary, Art Museum of Estonia – Tallinn (EE), Budapest Architecture Film Days, KEK (HU), Münchner Architectur Film Tage – Münchner Filmmuseum (DE), Copenhagen Architecture Festival x Film (DK), New Zealand Architecture and Design Film Festival, Auckland-Wellington-Dunedin (NZ), Evora Museum of Art (PT), Porto Casa des Artes (PT), Cinematek /Flagey Brussels Regards sur l’architecture (BE), Movies in Wonderland – Architecture Festival Vienna (AT), Milano Design Film Festival Milan (IT), Seoul International Architecture Film Festival (SIAFF) (KR), Architectuur Film Festival Gouda (NL), International Festival of Films on Art – National Gallery of Art Washington DC (USA), UrbanEye Film Festival Bucharest (RO), Les rencontres du film d’art St Gaudens (FR), Fondation Maeght – St-Paul de Vence Festival Films sur l’art (FR), Oberliht The Kiosk festival Chisinau Moldova (RO)
2013: Doku.arts Film Festival Berlin (DE), Arquiteturas Film festival Lisboa (PT), VII Istanbul Int. Architecture and Urban Films Festival (TR), Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (NL), Doku.Arts Rio de Janeiro (BR), Millenium Int. Documentary Film Festival Brussels (BE), Festival du Film sur l’art Bruxelles (BE)
2014: Mention Spéciale du Jury – FIFA Montreal (CA)2013: Best International Film – Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisboa (PT), 2nd Prize – Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Films Festival (TR), Mention spéciale du jury – Festival “Films sur l’art” Bruxelles (BE), Audience Award – Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (NL), Audience Award – Urban Eye Film Festival Bucharest (RO)
About Gerrit Messiaen
Gerrit Messiaen studied Communication Sciences at the University of Ghent. After an apprenticeship as screenwriter with the VRT television fiction department, he worked two years as a producer for Frans Buyens and Lydia Chagoll. In 1996 he directed “A journey with Paul Cox”, a documentary portrait of the Australian filmmaker Paul Cox. “A journey with Paul Cox “was distributed by Films Transit (Montreal) and New Video (New York). The film was invited to several international film festivals (Sydney, Brisbane, Istanbul, Utrecht, Brussels, Lisbon, Dublin). In 1998 Gerrit Messiaen directed with Peter Krüger a short documentary “The dance of Roberte”, for the ARTE special evening “Saturday night in Europe”. “Until my last Breath”, a documentary portrait of the Belgian film director Frans Buyens, won an award for the best Belgian documentary at the Film Festival of Brussels 2000 (Henri Storck award). Gerrit Messiaen’s first feature film “Hide and seek” was selected for the Ghent Film Festival (2002) and won an award for “Best European Film” at the international film festival in Siena (Italy) in 2003. His film, “Lucien Hervé, photographer despite himself” (2013) is a film about the essence of the work and life of one of the most important photographers of architecture of the 20th century. The film won the best Documentary award at Arquiteturas first edition. His most recent film is about the color photography pioneer and Magnun member, Harry Gruyaert.