Total running time: 68 minutes (58/10)| France| 2008| Subtitled| Colour| Beta SP

This screening will be followed by a 10-minute filmed interview with Rem Koolhaas.

The first in the directors’ ‘Living Architectures’ series, Koolhaas Houselife, a huge hit at the 2008 Venice Biennale, explores the Rem Koolhaas-designed Maison à Bordeaux through the eyes of Gaudalupe, its cleaning lady. In this way, a fascinating contrast is drawn between the idealised architectural purity of the building and the reality of living in and caring for it – the clash of the conceptual and the actual. Guadalupe proves a warm and witty host as she leads the viewer around this marvel of engineering, and her struggles to navigate its difficulties raise interesting questions about the relationship between the aesthetic and the practical. An Interview with Rem Koolhaas sees the Pritzker Prize-winner watching the film and catches his spontaneous thoughts and reactions upon viewing the challenges inherent in his design from Guadalupe’s perspective.

The filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoîne will introduce this Irish premiere and take part in a Q&A following the screening.

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