Festival about cities, urbanity and architecture
In October, we organized the first edition of EDO film festival and brought attention to the current and past challenges of cities through film. We screened four documentaries about global cities: New York, Berlin (Germany), Chongquing (China) and Quito (Ecuador). The festival didn’t take place at cinema auditoriums – instead, it happened at four different locations in Ljubljana that were thematically connected to the film: at Situla apartment building, at Anselma sewing shop, at Magacin space in a former warehouse and at prostoRož architectural bureau. The screenings were followed by talks with speakers that explained global themes in the local context.
The documentaries selected for the first edition of the festival portrayed visions of four different cities in different parts of the world. Regardless if those visions are utopian, realized, failed or entirely coincidental, they are important for our understanding of contemporary cities and the life within them. We invited architectural student Vesna Skubic, sociologist Klemen Ploštajner and professor Pavel Gantar to join us for a debate after each film.
The festival borrowed its name from a Slovenian architect and urbanist Edvard Ravnikar – known to his friends as Edo. Edo was an architect with a strong vision. He had an impact on the look of Slovenian cities and how we live in them. We don’t know if Edo’s vision was the best possible one, yet we do know that we are still affected by it. That is why the festival which tries to understand and critically assess different visions of urban development, carries his name.
The applications for free film screenings filled up quickly, and the festival was visited by over 200 people in four days.
About the films:
Historical documentary Citizen Jane shows that urban battles are nothing new. It documents work, thoughts and witty protests of urban activist Jane Jacobs, who stood up to the powerful urbanist Robert Moses in the 60s. She helped achieve that there is no highway running through SoHo today. The film Do More With Less deals with the work of young Ecuadorian architects who want to provide quality living space to those who do not have the means to afford an architect. City for Sale documentary speaks about the consequences of Berlin’s popularity. On one hand, the city attracts investors who change the image of the city with large construction projects, and on the other, rising rents make life in the city difficult for local residents. Dream Empire shows that the real estate bubble in China is inflated to an even bigger absurdity. Real estate agencies try to sell apartments in new super-cities, built in remote locations, by hiring “white monkeys” – foreigners, who create an illusion of the city’s international appeal.