AFFR Archined Classic – Highrise


On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Archined presents two classics. Francesco Rosi’s social-realist Hands over the City, winner of the Golden Lion in 1963, and the modern classic High-Rise by Ben Wheatley, based on the book of the same name by J.G. Ballard. Both feature films raise issues that are addressed in The Persistence of Questioning, Archined’s anniversary program with critical reflections on the future, architecture and more.

London, 1970. The newly built residential tower by architect Anthony Royal (Jeremy Irons) reaches high into the sky. It is a microcosm where people of different walks of life live and use collective facilities such as the supermarket and the swimming pool. Soon the microcosm begins to fray, drink, drugs and all sorts of excesses are commonplace. Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, based on the book of the same name by J.G. Ballard, takes a fantasy-filled look at the archetype of an idealistic architect who feels like a god. His vision of utopian paradise turns out to be far from reality.

San Dino Arcilla (architect and co-founder of design firm Studio Saal, writer and Archined-correspondent) will introduce the film.

High-Rise – Ben Wheatley | United Kingdom 2015 | 119 Min. | Feature film

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