Directed by Ella Raidel
This surreal, exquisitely framed documentary looks at the construction of a near-exact replica of a scenic Austrian town—cobblestone by cobblestone—in an undeveloped Chinese tract of land. In a style both entrancing and playful, the film questions the difference between real and imagined, model and reality, raising thought-provoking questions about the nature of authenticity and happiness. Features insightful interviews with urban planners, designers, and trailblazing Beijing architect Ma Yansong. German, Mandarin with subtitles. 74 min
Director Ella Raidel scheduled to attend.
This program is part of the Chicago International Film Festival's Spotlight: Architecture + Space + Design film series.
This program celebrates the remarkable spirit and outstanding representations of innovative architecture and design in the cinema. From Milan to Tokyo to São Paulo, the international selection features the work of celebrated visionaries and chronicles ordinary people and characters interacting with extraordinary and complex places and spaces.