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Brasília: Life After Design

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?

News

Screenings continue in 2018 – New Dates Added

23 jan

We’re happy to announce new screenings of Brasilia: Life After Design as we move through 2018, please watch this space for future announcements, as more are coming shortly. Please contact us about screenings in your area if you don’t see it listed here.

Note: New Dates Added *

FEBRUARY 4 and 6, VANCOUVER BC CANADA

VanCity Theatre, director Bart Simpson in attendance tickets here

FEBRUARY 24, PALM SPRINGS CA USA

Architecture Design Art Film Festival during Modernism week, director Bart Simpson in attendance information and tickets here

* FEBRUARY 27, LUXEMBOURG CITY, LUXEMBOURG

Luxembourg City Film Festival, information and tickets here

MARCH 9, BOSTON MA USA

Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston information and tickets here

* APRIL 21, WINNIPEG MB CANADA

Architecture + Design Film Festival, information and tickets here

Commendations for B:LAD

23 jan

PRIZE AT ARQUITETURAS FILM FESTIVAL
As we prepare for the new year we are catching up on a few items, and happy to note that Brasilia: Life After Design won an Honourable Mention from Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisboa this past November. It was the first time the festival has given out such a citation, and we’re happy to be in the company of a great group of films. Thank you to the jury, Ana Sofia Mourato and her team for a great festival.
“(In) the simplicity of its approach, this documentary reveals a multiplicity of experiences that reflect the city in its various dimensions, such as architectural, social and political.”
list of winners here

ARCHDAILY
Also happy to announce that ArchDaily, the most visited architectural website worldwide, has listed our film as one of the “Documentaries on Architecture to Watch, 2018”. Thank you ArchDaily!
article here

Autumn festival premiere screenings begin!

27 set

After our World Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June, autumn festival season is here. We are delighted to have a series of national premieres ahead – and all in Official Competition screenings. More information as it comes, and come on down during the festival for a chat with our team!

Bergen International Film Festival, Bergen Norway October 3-4 (Golden Owl competition)
http://www.biff.no/filmerforeksport/article1327713.ece

Arquiteturas Film Festival, Lisbon Portugal October 12 (international competition)

Brasília — Life Afer Design

Environmental Film Festival Australia, Melbourne October 17 (competition)
http://www.effa.org.au/melbourne-program-2017/2017/10/17/brasilia-life-after-design

Planet in Focus Film Festival, Toronto October 20 (Best Canadian Documentary Competition)
http://planetinfocus.org/events/brasilia-life-after-design/

Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York October 21 (Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award competition)
https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/brasilia-life-after-design

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