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Milano Design Film Festival

From the 6th to the 8th of December, ten titles will be screened in the prestigious screening rooms of the K11 Art House, titles that show the creativity and the design quality of The Made in Italy. During these events there will be the participation of the curators Silvia Robertazzi and Antonella Dedini, who will introduce and will open the screenings sparking ideas of reflection and discussion.


Hosted by the newest venue dedicated to the arts and cinema, K11 Art House, K11 MUSEA , in collaboration with the General Consulate of Italy in Hong Kong and UA CineHub, we introduce a selection of films under the title The society of Becoming.


Speed, acceleration, transformation and change. These are the key words that both marks and lead our daily life. Words, about which we have long thought in order to bring the right movies to introduce and analyse this change to a City among the most populated in the world and that keeps growing. Indeed, men seems to be losing their central position. While an independent individual  runs the risk of of becoming a number or an algorithm, the cities, those places that will inevitably become the most inhabited places and crowded of planet Earth, keep becoming more and more organised with sophisticated technologies and artificial intelligence. Through the thematics of Urban Nature, the green areas of the city; Urban Lives, stories of cities; Food, traditional foods, rituals of survival; Italian Memories, Italian creativity, we want to bring some examples of excellence of thinking and of doing.


Can You Dig This & The Flying Gardeners | 7th December, 1:30pm to 3pm


CAN YOU DIG THIS – As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South Los Angeles, one of the most dangerous and violent neighborhoods in America, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people by Ron Finley to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are empowered to change the environment and inspired to go beyond that, by creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notorious places in the country.


THE FLYING GARDENERS – The Vertical Forest (Bosco Verticale) by Stefano Boeri Architects is seen through the new perspective of a flying gardener. In a tower in which people live between concrete and clouds, a flying gardener faces altitude, and gravity taking care of those vertical gardens. Hanging by a rope from the edge of the roof, he deals with gravity and descends from the roof by jumping between balconies. Grace and accuracy are his qualities. When he hangs from above, he can see the world from a different perspective: from the microcosm of the little living being on the greenery to the macrocosm of the city, which is the same view that Giacomo Boeri and Matteo Grimaldi allow us to have.


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Barbicania & London Afloat | 7th December, 3:15pm to 5:30pm


BARBICANIA – 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.


LONDON AFLOAT – 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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Sottsass’s Train & Antonio Marras. Lyrical Pretext. | 8th December, 1:30pm to 2:45pm


SOTTSASS’S TRAIN – Year 2017 marks the centenary of the birth of Ettore Sottsass, and the film consists of readings of his works by young actors from the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, along with interviews with people who knew him: Barbara Radice, who shared his life for 30 years, Arata Isozaki, the Japanese architect he met during his radical period, his partner in experimentation and the Memphis movement Michele De Lucchi, Nathalie du Pasquier and George Sowden. Last but not least, Johanna Grawunder, first his disciple then his assistant and collaborator at the Sottsass Associati studio, and Christoph Radl, graphic artist and art director with whom he crossed paths towards the end of the eighties.


ANTONIO MARRAS. LYRICAL PRETEXT – A one-of-a-kind fashion show by Antonio Marras has transformed the construction site of the Teatro Lirico di Milano into a Fellini-style scene animated by models, but also by trapeze artists, band players, dancers and performers. The short film documents the facts, reveals anecdotes and tells the development of this experience between scaffolding, men at work, drills, hammers and construction moments. The fashion show, created on the occasion of the Milano Fashion Week spring/summer 2018, was made possible thanks to the programme “Cantiere-evento”, conceived by Fondazione Dioguardi and Garibaldi-Fragasso to accompany the restoration of the theatre with artists and cultural events devoted to the city and accessible to citizens.


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Koolhaas Houselife & The Power of The Archive. Renzo Piano Building Workshop | 8th December, 2:45pm to 4:30pm


KOOLHAAS HOUSELIFE portrays one of the masterpieces of contemporary architecture: the house in Bordeaux, designed by Rem Koolhaas / OMA in 1998. The film lets the viewer enter into the daily intimacy of the house through the stories and daily chores of Guadalupe Acedo, the housekeeper, and the other people who look after the building. As we follow and interact with Guadalupe, an unusual and unpredictable look at the spaces and structure of the building opens up.


THE POWER OF THE ARCHIVE. RENZO PIANO BUILDING WORKSHOP with the original music by Fabrizio Campanelli, illustrates the birth, structure, set-up and relations with the Renzo Piano Foundation and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the purpose and the goals of the Archive. Drafts, sketches, models, renderings, drawings, particular techniques of completed structures are exhibited in the Renzo Piano Foundation, but above all housed in the 3000 square meters of a converted factory in Genoa. A place of experimentation, revealed through the testimony of those who preserve it, systemize it and experience it day by day, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop Archive is a metaphor for a sea port: where goods come and go, and every departure and every return bring something new with them, maybe something unexpected, that enriches its content and the potential for communication.


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Hi, Ai | 8th December, 5:15pm to 6:45pm


How will robots and artificial intelligence change our lives? What will we win, what will we lose? And, who will be the main protagonists of the future world? The documentary shows us tomorrow’s world today.


Humanoid robots are like new creatures on our planet. They work at reception desks, in shopping malls or as chefs. And they are coming into our private lives. “With an A.I., you have to keep your sentences short and to the point“. This piece of advice is given to Chuck as he’s picking up his new robot partner Harmony fresh from the factory. Together they go on a road trip through California. As it turns out at a second glancing, the sex robot Harmony likes books and can ad lib quote Ray Kurzweil. In Tokyo, Grandma Sakurai is introduced to the cute robot Pepper, a present from her son, so she has someone to keep her company. But soon Pepper turns out to be quite capricious, finding the old lady’s conversation topics of little interest. While Harmony and Chuck are searching for love, and Pepper and Grandma are killing time.


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