Competition Documentaries, Finland 2020, 103 Min., OV, engl. st

Architect, urban planner, and furniture designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) is considered the “father of modernism” in Finland. Beginning in the mid-1920s, he and his first wife Aino (1894-1949), and later second wife Elissa (1922-1994), exerted a lasting effect on the concept of design. Influenced equally by Bauhaus and classic Italian architecture, and travelling in the same circles as avant-gardists such as Le Corbusier and László Moholy-Nagy, they set new standards in many design fields. They were as likely to design a patient-friendly sanatorium building as the Paimio chair, made of wood and leather, which became an export favourite alongside the Aalto vase with its signature wavy form, an allusion to its creator’s name (aalto = wave). With pictures and testimony from international experts, this documentary examines the life and work of the man and his wives, whose revolutionary designs influence the field even today, far beyond the borders of Finland.

Director Virpi Suutari

Screenplay Virpi Suutari, Jussi Rautaniemi

Producer Timo Vierimaa

Production Company Euphoria Film OY, Liiketie 32, 00730 Helsinki, Web: http://euphoriafilm.fi/

World Sales Autlook Filmsales GmbH, Spittelberggasse 3, 1070 Wien, Mail: welcome@autloookfilms.com, Web: www.autlookfilms.com

Cast David N. Fixler, Juhani Pallasmaa, Nina Stritzler-Levine, Antonello Alici, Harry Charrington, Peter Reed, Harmon Goldstone, Gail Fenske, Renja Suominen-Kokkonen, Johanna Alanen


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