As a personal video diary, the film takes us to the heart of one of the contemporary housing development projects considered to embody the new models of living. Inhabiting the giant ‘8 House’ built by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels in the suburbs of Copenhagen, the directors recount their subjective experience of living inside this experiment of vertical village. We follow a group of residents and passersby: the film builds up a collection of life stories, all interconnected by their personal relation to the building, which allows the viewer to discover the building through an inner and intimate point of view, while questioning the architecture’s ability to create collective happiness.
About the directors
Ila Bêka is an Italian artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Paris. He trained as an architect with a degree from the IUAV of Venice and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Paris-Belleville.
Louise Lemoine is a French filmmaker who lives and works in France. She graduated in cinema and philosophy from Sorbonne, Paris.
They mainly focus their research on experimenting new narrative and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture. The uniqueness of their work holds on their subjective, creative and humoristic look at masterpieces of architecture portrayed through the depiction of their daily life. Presented by The New York Times as the ‘cult figures in the European architecture world’, Bêka and Lemoine are teaching at Columbia University since 2013.
Their films in previous festival editions: Barbicania, Inside Renzo Piano, Koolhaas Houselife