Architecture in Film
BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 25 May 2016 - We always doubted whether a film about architecture could be successful since there are hardly any good examples to refer to. Architecture can be great in film when playing an active role, like an actress, instead of simply being documented. Memories remain of impressive roles played by architecture in films by Antonioni or Hitchcock. Nevertheless, when we met Amos Gitai we wanted to give it another try – against our better judgement. Namely, because of Gitai's interesting biographical background at the interface of architecture, politics and film. It became clear that the film project would combine and contain documentary as well as fictional elements, an experiment that Amos Gitai insisted on venturing into. For once we were not authors, we were objects not subjects. We followed the process as listeners and critics but at the end of the day – comparing the film with a still life – you could see our role like flowers in a vase, slightly wilted flowers though…

Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron,
May 2016

Amos Gitai presents his latest film « Reflections on Architecture » at this year’s Architecture Biennale in Venice.

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