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Freeze the frame at the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2022

The fourteenth Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam takes place at LantarenVenster and Theater Zuidplein from October 5 to 9. In a world facing enormous challenges, Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 will focus on the need to press pause. Or, in cinematic terms, to freeze the frame.

The five-day festival will explore various subjects through a series of programme themes consisting of critically selected films and documentaries, complemented by insightful introductions and lively debates. More than ever before, the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam is a critical reference point. For reflecting on architecture and the city through film.

The freeze frame, as it is known in film, is a sudden halt in the story, a moment to evaluate what’s happening around us, to re-establish our focus and direction. Architecture is the three-dimensional freeze frame, the expression of a culture frozen in material form. For over two decades, AFFR has been researching architecture and the city through the narrative of cinema.

Recent events such as natural disasters caused by climate change, the corona pandemic, and a war force us to take immediate action. But we seem to have forgotten our unique ability to imagine and create parallel worlds. The best way to rediscover this power is not to rush headlong into a future fuelled by panic and fear. Not to stare like a rabbit caught in the headlights. But to pause and reflect in order to restore our balance. Amid the turmoil of a seemingly chaotic and complex world, Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 takes a step forward by standing still and viewing the world from different angles in a freeze frame.

History of Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam

The Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) was established in 2000. After years of moving from venue to venue in Rotterdam, AFFR 2011 eventually found a home at LantarenVenster cinema. Nowadays Theater Zuidplein is also a location.  Each festival has a theme to highlight current issues in architecture and urbanism.

Photo: Theater Zuidplein by Scagliola Brakkee

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