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.
THIS WEEK THE FREE STREAMING IS AVAILABLE BELOW FROM 17-23 JULY IN PORTUGAL ONLY
LIVE INSTAGRAM WITH BART SIMPSON TUESDAY 21 JULY @7PM (GMT+2)
BRASÍLIA: LIFE AFTER DESIGN ARQUITETURAS’17
Bart Simpson, 2017, Canada/ Brazil/ UK, 88′
Located 2 000 kilometres from the Amazon and 18 hours from Rio, the city of Brasília – the capital of Brazil – is a mythical place: a concrete utopia born out of the desert.
In 1956 at the rebirth of Brazilian democracy, visionary architect Oscar Niemeyer and urbanist Lúcio Costa invented an urban plan and structures that would attempt to micromanage the daily activity of human life. The unabashed goal was to create the space that would birth “the new Brazilian citizen”.
Now the stark beauty of the city acts as a backdrop to isolation, changing values, and the dynamic power and politics of today’s Brazil.
The haunting ambience of Niemeyer and Costa’s dream echoes through the lives of a range of characters, each trying to make their mark in the city of today: Sergio, the stalwart urbanist who defends the city plan but knows it must adapt; Helize, studying to become a federal civil servant – the dream of so many Brazilian students. And Willians, a street vendor by day, who tries to find meaningful connection in a city built to divide.
Brasilia: Life After Design takes us to a city rarely seen by the international viewer: what is it like to live in someone else’s idea?
ABOUT BART SIMPSON
Bart Simpson is an award-winning filmmaker, interested in films that entertain, evoke and engage public debate.
He produced and acted as 2nd unit director on the feature documentary The Corporation (winner at over 25 festivals including Sundance, Toronto and International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam) other films and collaborations include Moebius Redux: A Life In Pictures, about acclaimed artist Jean “Moebius” Giraud (Best Documentary and Best Film at Comicon International, broadcast on ZDF-ARTE, BBC, Bravo!, Canal D among others) and Bananas!*, a film about a landmark court case where Nicaraguan banana workers fought fruit company Dole over decades of alleged chemical harms. The film drew Dole’s attention and they sued the filmmaking team – resulting in another film, Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (selected by Sundance, IDFA and screened worldwide).
Bart has returned to Brasilia over a dozen times since first visiting in 2004. He has spoken internationally on issues of documentary aesthetics, ethics and practice.
Bart is currently directing the first feature documentary on MAD Magazine creator Harvey Kurtzman.