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.
THE FREE STREAMING IS AVAILABLE BELOW FROM 24-30 JULY
LIVE INSTAGRAM WITH ERIC BEDNARSKI JULY 28 @7PM (GMT+2)
Eric Bednarski, 2017, Poland, 52′
“Neon” retraces the history of the Communist-era neon signs of Warsaw, Poland, the context that generated them, the people and places connected with them, and the many meanings they have acquired since they were created. The neons were intended to convey a feeling of modernity and progress in a country cut off from the West. Socialist-blessed, they nevertheless mimicked the colour, dazzle and glamour of capitalist cities. Today, these neon signs are celebrated and much sought after. In recent years interest in them has grown not only in Poland, but also abroad.
ABOUT ERIC BEDNARSKI
A Warsaw based film director/writer/producer. Born in Halifax, Canada, Bednarski studied history and film making in North America and Europe. His documentary film work with the National Film Board of Canada has garnered him a Gemini Award and a Writers Guild of Canada Award nomination, and he was awarded the Decoration of Honor “Meritorious for Polish Culture” by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Bednarski was also twice selected as a Talent at the Berlinale Talent Campus. His films have been broadcast across the world and have also screened at international festivals, at the United Nations, the European Parliament and the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Eric recently finished the film on Warsaw, “Warsaw: A City Divided”, and I is developing several new documentary ideas.