Architecture & Design Film Festival Kicks Off 6th Season!

By sevan


Last week, the Architecture & Design Film Festival kicked off its sixth season at TriBeCa Cinemas with the World Premiere of Gray Matters from award-winning director Marco Orsini. It was a star-studded event for the A&D community, with the creators and cast of the documentary in attendance, as well as a special appearance by the new Irish Consul-General of New York, Barbara Jones—who proudly announced that she hails from the same town as Eileen Gray.

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Part of the Eileen Gray Project, Gray Matters tells the story of Eileen Gray, one of the greatest unsung design heroes of the 20th century—an industrious woman who was at the epicenter of the modern movement, yet her contributions to it were largely unacknowledged until the decades after her death in 1976. The film gives an intimate look at the breadth of Gray’s creations, from her early lacquer work to the Villa E-1027, following her transformation from artist to furniture maker, and finally, architect.

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Members of the cast and crew present at the premiere included: Orla Brady, award-winning Irish actress who portrays Gray in a forthcoming feature film; Caroline Constant, the foremost American expert on Gray whose landmark study on the designer was published in 2002; Adriana Friedman, Director of DeLorenzo Gallery; Jennifer Goff, leading Irish expert on Gray and curator of the Eileen Gray Collection at the National Museum of Ireland; Oliver Holy, CEO of ClassiCon; Mary McGuckian, director of The Price of Desire; and of course, Marco Orsini.

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The 5-day festival also held the World Premiere of Christiania – 40 Years of Occupation, which tells the story of an abandoned military base turned “free state” in Copenhagen, Denmark, which has, for the past 40 years, been home to an anarchist community built on popular consensus and home to a thriving economy of restaurants, bars, cottage industries, and an open hashish trade. Additionally, Cathedrals of Culture, a series of six 3D films from critically acclaimed directors such as Wim Wenders and Robert Redford, made its U.S. Premiere; and a set of films on women in architecture—Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture and Who Dares Wins: Zaha Hadid—were dovetailed by a series insightful and enlightening Q&As and panel discussions.


As much as we enjoyed watching all of the films, we also loved catching up with familiar faces during this star-studded industry event—so we’re already holding our breaths for the next edition of ADFF!


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