In October, it’s time for architecture film festivals in Bergen and Oslo. The city architect in Bergen will shed new light on films about urban development by showing them in a different context in the city.
After postponed and truncated editions in 2020, architectural film festivals are back in full force. This week the Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF) released its program, and for the fourth year in a row, the festival is collaborating with the city’s urban architect.
Five films, sponsored by Byarkitekten, will be screened during the festival, which takes place from 20 to 28 October. Meanwhile, Arkitekturfilm Oslo will be held, for the sixth time, from October 21 to 24, by Rom for kunst og arkitektur. October is clearly the month to step into the darkened halls and watch movies about architecture and beyond.
– Since we began arranging Arkitekturfilm Oslo in 2016, there has been a growing interest in the connection between film and architecture, says Festival Director and Rom Leader, Gertrude Stensvag. She points out that the film festivals in Haugesund, Grimstad, Bergen and Trondheim have all selected films related to architecture.
Steinsvåg believes that the festival will be an arena for discussion of architecture and society.
Architectural communication is not just about referring to or describing a project, but being able to ask questions and facilitate critical thinking about what architecture is and represents.
When it comes to the festival, the films themselves are invitations to conversation, at the same time that we are at a stage where we are promoting other activities that make the festival visible as an arena for discussion, she says. One of those books is a small library with books on architectural films, by Morten Edens, that will be available on the Rom site for kunst og arkitektur, she said.
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