The lineup for the ninth annual Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) in New York City has been announced, and it includes over 30 feature-length and short films celebrating “the creative spirit that drives architecture and design.”
Kicking off on November 1, the five-day festival will open with Catherine Hunter’s documentary Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place, a film that follows the enigmatic Pritzker Prize-winning Australian architect as he builds a new mosque for an Islamic community in Melbourne.
Closing ADFF:NY will be the festival’s first ever narrative film: Columbus, directed by video essayist Kogonada and starring John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson. Columbus tells the story of a man (played by Cho) who has come to the Indianian city to watch over his father, a renowned architect who has fallen ill during a speaking tour. Here, he meets a young architecture enthusiast (Richardson), and the two of them embark on a friendship set against the backdrop of Columbus’s modern buildings.
Other highlights of the festival include the world premiere of SuperDesign, a film by Francesca Molteni about Italy’s radical design period of the ’60s and ’70s, and the New York premiere of The Neue Nationalgalerie, a documentary about Mies van der Rohe’s 1968 building, directed by Ina Weisse. ADFF:NY runs through November 5.