One of our biggest dreams (apart from visiting the Chemosphere House in L.A.) would be to visit Brasilia to learn about Oscar Niemeyer’s architecture on site. A chance to do so without traveling so far could be this new film:
The remote city of Brasília, the capital of Brazil, is a mythical place — a concrete utopia spawned 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. An extremely fascinating film about people who live in painful disharmony with one of the most beautiful cities the world has ever seen. Creating Scotland and Documentary present a Lowik Media and Aconite Productions Film.
BRASILIA: LIFE AFTER DESIGN
Runtime: 88 minutes
Directed By: Bart Simpson
Country: Brazil, U.K., Canada
Find tickets for this year’s Modernism Week Screening here.