The leading contemporary architect and thinker Rem Koolhaas as seen by his son, filmmaker Tomas Koolhaas
One of the key contemporary architects and urban planners, Rem Koolhaas is known for his radical, even utopian, views on town planning and architecture.
His approach is based on care for the historical and cultural layers of buildings and spaces and involves an analysis of the social, political, technological and cultural fields within the city. These principles are at the heart of the work of OMA, the firm Koolhaas co-founded with several other architects in 1975. OMA is known for a number of spectacular projects, including the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Guggenheim Hermitage in Las Vegas, Fondazione Prada in Milan, and the Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Yewar) building at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow.
For four years, Tomas Koolhaas followed his father to film him at work, doing sports, and at exhibition previews. The minimal distance between the director and the protagonist of the documentary allows the viewer to get closer to Koolhaas. We find out what he thinks about being a star architect, philosophy in architecture, the loneliness of a visionary, and the city of New York, which is an important place for him: he started his career there and wrote the book Delirious New York, which revolutionized urban planning. His conceptualist and in-depth approach is evident even when he goes swimming: gliding through the water, Koolhaas meditates on the beauty of the human body in space.
The film will be screened in English with Russian subtitles.
Director: Tomas Koolhaas
USA, 2016, 75 min, 16+