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We pre­view the an­nual Re­sene Ar­chi­tec­ture & De­sign Film Fes­ti­val

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June of­fi­cially marks the be­gin­ning of win­ter: what bet­ter time to kick back and en­joy ex­plo­rations of de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture on the big screen? The an­nual Re­sene Ar­chi­tec­ture & De­sign Film Fes­ti­val runs through­out the coun­try, with screen­ings in Christchurch and Dunedin sched­uled for June and July. Mak­ing your way through the en­tire pro­gramme might re­quire a few days of an­nual leave; you can re­flect on how strong your work ethic is dur­ing Kon­stantin Gr­cic: De­sign is Work. The doc­u­men­tary fol­lows Gr­cic (cre­ator of the ‘Chair_One’ for Magis and widely re­garded as one of the most in­no­va­tive con­tem­po­rary de­sign­ers) for a year, pro­vid­ing the proof for his state­ment that, “De­sign is… hard work, se­ri­ous work.” Se­ri­ous work also goes into spend­ing six decades in ar­chi­tec­ture: It’s all a Plan looks back on the life and work of Pritzker Prize-win­ning ar­chi­tect Paulo Men­des da Rocha, in a se­ries of in­ter­views with his daugh­ter Joana. The 88-year-old Brazil­ian talks frankly and fas­ci­nat­ingly about his trade­mark Bru­tal­ist build­ings, as well as every­thing from ur­ban­ism to hu­man­ity. The hu­man­ity theme con­tin­ues in A Test of Faith, a doc­u­men­tary trac­ing the four-year process of painstak­ingly de­con­struct­ing and res­ur­rect­ing Welling­ton’s St Mary of the An­gels church. The his­toric church was closed af­ter be­ing as­sessed as an earth­quake risk; the film brings a sen­si­tive view­point to the pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion of those in­volved in giv­ing the build­ing a new lease of life. And from re­con­struc­tion to ren­o­va­tion, Die Neue Na­tion­al­ga­lerie chron­i­cles the his­tory and ren­o­va­tion of the Ber­lin art gallery. The Neue Na­tion­al­ga­lerie was the last build­ing de­signed by Mies van der Rohe and the film ex­pertly blends archival in­ter­views and footage with con­tem­po­rary com­men­tary, look­ing both at the gallery’s be­gin­nings and to­wards its fu­ture.

Ger­man fur­ni­ture and prod­uct de­signer Kon­stantin Gr­cic is the sub­ject of De­sign is Work, a study of his method, from sketches to the fin­ished prod­uct.

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