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Room for Emotions: Embodying Architecture in Film

10.02.2015 - Toby Ashraf, Joanna Hogg, Matthias Sauerbruch

    In the films of Joanna Hogg, relationships and family structures play out in and are heavily influenced by architectural spaces and landscapes. Berlin-based architect Matthias Sauerbruch (Sauerbruch & Hutton) worked on the iconic house in which Hogg’s latest drama, EXHIBITION, unravels. Showing excerpts from the film, Hogg and Sauerbruch take the stage to explore the dialogue between film and architecture and how living spaces can influence human behavior or even become a character in a film. Other topics to be tackled include stylistic devices when shooting and editing interiors, bringing space into the foreground of narration and how spatial understandings of architecture can be translated into spatial representation in film.


    Toby Ashraf

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    Toby Ashraf is a journalist, curator and translator based in Berlin. He writes for various publications and moderates talks at Berlinale Panorama, Forum and Generation. In 2014 he founded the Berlin Art Film Festival and in 2015 won the Siegfried Kracauer Prize for Best Film Review. In 2016/17 he organised CIMA Berlin, a series of monthly screenings of queer films with live Arabic translation for refugees. He appears in films occasionally and focuses on feminism and queer cinema and culture in his work.

    Joanna Hogg

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    The screenwriter and director Joana Hogg made her feature film debut in 2008 with UNRELATED. Starring Tom Hiddleston, the film won the FIPRESCI Prize and the Guardian First Film award. She followed it with ARCHIPELAGO and EXHIBITION. The British Film Institute has identified her as “one of the foremost directors working in Britain today”.

    Matthias Sauerbruch

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    Architect and guest professor at the Berlin University of the Arts and the GSD Harvard. He founded his internationally renowned and award-winning company in London in 1989 and moved to Berlin in 1991. Amongst others, he is a member of the Bauhaus Dessau foundation, the Zurich Baukollegium and the Berlin Academy of Arts.