Perth Festival Writers Week
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Since 2008 filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have made funny and intriguing films that uniquely investigate what we mean when we call a building ‘great’ and how these great buildings can make people think and feel. Their ‘Living Architectures’ series gives us special insight not only into amazing buildings but how they affect the people who use them every day.
To coincide with a focus on architecture at Writers Week, we present four highlights from ‘Living Architectures’ – Koolhaas Houselife, Barbicania, The Infinite Happiness and their latest work, Moriyama-san, in its Australian premiere.
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KOOLHAAS HOUSELIFE (2008)
Sat 24 Feb, 1pm
58mins, unclassified 15+
French with English subtitles
Designed by star architect Rem Koolhaas in the late 1990s the Bordeaux House is both a beautiful design monument and a private functioning home. No-one knows it quite like Guadalupe, who spends hours there cleaning, tidying, arranging, and dealing with myriad quirks.
‘Heartfelt, thought-provoking and hilariously funny.’ The New York Times
Sat 24 Feb, 4pm
90mins, unclassified 15+
London’s Barbican Estate is a utopian, brutalist housing complex from the 1960s built alongside the largest performing arts centre in Europe. Barbicania is a series of daily snapshots of the Barbican’s residents – some new, others who have lived there for decades – that reveals their unique, eccentric and invaluable stories.
THE INFINITE HAPPINESS (2015)
Sun 25 Feb, 1pm
85mins, unclassified 15+
The 8 House outside Copenhagen is shaped either like a giant number eight or infinity. A highly creative solution to building a mix of homes alongside retail and business, it was recognised as the world’s best residential building in 2011. In this very special building, is happiness truly infinite?
Sun 25 Feb, 4pm
75mins, unclassified 15+
A free-spirited urban hermit, Mr. Moriyama lives in one of Tokyo’s most experimental dwellings, which was purpose-built for him in 2005. His separate rooms are connected not with hallways, but by an open-air garden. It’s an ‘inside-out’ house used for quiet, spontaneous enjoyment of art.