Barbicania │London Afloat (Milano Design Film Festival)

Price: HK$
Genre: Documentary
Category: II (A)
Director: BARBICANIA: Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine ; LONDON AFLOAT: Gloria Aura Bortolini;

BARBICANIA (France/ 93mins/ In English with English Subtitles): On the specific request of the Art Gallery of the Barbican Centre in London, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have settled for a month in the heart of one of the most important European art centre and most representative achievement of Brutalist architecture. The film, built as a personal diary, recounts on a daily basis all what the directors duo have discovered during their urban trip from the top floors of the towers to the underground levels of the art centre. Through an impressive gallery of portraits, the film draws an intimate human map of the place, breathing life into this harsh district and questioning the durability of this utopia from the 50s.

*Post-screening talk with Ila Bêka, director of BARBICANIA will be held at the screening auditorium.

LONDON AFLOAT (UK/ 29mins/ In English with No Subtitles) This film is about living on a boat in the heart of London, a landscape where the boundaries between urban and rural are blurred, populated by people who live out of conventional society. Rich people live on the river Thames, while on the Regent’s canal you find those who can’t afford a flat. Only one thing unites them: the love for nature and freedom. Observing the people everyday in their habits, getting to know them, and finally describing them, this documentary is the portrait of an unusual London and of an increasingly popular lifestyle.

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