This year we want to present to you the film section “Ulica” (“The Street”) held in the New Horizons Cinema. It follows the main subject of the 6th edition of MIASTOmovie, as it has been given the same name. We are going to screen 9 movies that are somehow telling the story of the streets in different cities.
‚Citizen Jane: Battle for the City’, dir. Matt Tyrnauer, is giving us an excellent and very complex overview. Title character, Jane Jacobs, was a city planner, community worker and the godmother to urban activism. During the second half of 20th century she was fighting against the transition of the New York City for the sake of car industry. Her entire life, through her attitude and published materials, she was teaching how significant it is to feel the responsibility for the city we live in.
Giulia Frati, the director of the documentary ‚Istanbul Echoes’, seems to be doing quite a similar thing in her movie. She’s directing her camera on the street vendors, who became the victims of city revitalisation, gentrification in particular. City districts are successively renovated what is supposed to make them more attractive and valuable. Luxury properties do not need small street trading and people that’s been living in this area had to move outside the city center.
The main character of ‚Waiting for Barcelona’, dir. Juho-Pekki, is yet another kind of the vendor. His actions are more on the edge of legality – he does not care about permissions and certificates. He doesn’t even have the possibility to do so – as the result of mindless mistakes he’s become an illegal immigrant in Barcelona. Street and boulevard areas are some sort of the asylum for him. This movie will open the festival and at the same time it will tear down the illusion off Barcelona as an ideal post-card land. It will lead us through the alleys and show the not so known side of one of the most popular cities in Europe.
Another group of people that cross the line of legal actions/operations is the group of brazilian street artists who are doing pixacao – anarchistic graffiti. Couple years ago Artur Żmijewski, as the curator of Art Biennale in Berlin, was trying to fit their work into the festival presentation. He invited the residents of Sao Paulo favelas to grace this highly rated artistic event with their bruising art. Thanks to the movie ‚Pixadores’, dir. Amir Escandari, we can observe how this two different worlds, one of the official art (that functions inside the very clear and strict lines) and the other off real artistic freedom, clash together. How to adopt street art into art gallery and not lose its character? Can we include anarchists into the professional art circulation? These questions are just on the top of many complex threads that Escandaris documentary is investigating.
We will come back to Brasil with Bart Simpson who’s decided to show us everyday life of Brasilia (the modernism masterpiece) citizens. This city, build from scratch, was supposed to bring the functioning in urban areas in the whole different level. ‚Brasilia. Life after design’ avoids instagram-like picture of this gigantic Oscar Niemeyers project. Bart Simpson shows how people live in this innovative city planning and architecture. How do the public spaces work? Is it easy to build any kind of social bounds inside this dehumanized space?
On the other side we have the chaotic development that serves the characters of ‚Florida Project’, dir. Sean Baker. Provisional habitations of american poverty do not leave much space for wondering about city plannning: the streets are build on the fly and a lot is made by chance. This is the only feature film in our programme and the choice has been made by Aleksandra Czupkiewicz and Łukasz Wojciechowski. At the same time it starts their new circle ‚Threads’.
Three pre-festival screening are creating peculiar supplement that tries to deepen the street subject. ‚The Human Scale’, dir. Andreas Dalsgaard, is a portrait of dunnish city planner who popularized the idea of human-sized city worldwide. Cheryl Dunn, who directed ‚Everybody Street’, shows us how does the street photography evolves in one of the most interesting modern cities where the street appears to be the space for self-realisation. Whereas ‚Bikes vs Cars’ will portrait it as a battlefield. Today we face the dispute between the believers of motorisation and the bike lovers that opt for more ecological and environmental friendly ways of transport. The film stands on the single-tracks side, gathering all the arguments for us during its one and a half hour duration.
We hope to experience inspirational talks with you. See you at the screenings!