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Virtual Film: Aalto

Date & Time

Fri, Sep 10, 2021 - Sun, Sep 12, 2021
12:00am - 12:00pm PST

Location

This is a virtual event

library room with books and shelves

Aalto is a documentary film journey into the life and work of one of the greatest modern architects, Alvar Aalto. The film shares for the first time the intimate love story of Alvar and his architect wife, Aino Aalto. It takes the viewer on a cinematic tour to their creative processes and iconic buildings all over the world. We visit their most beautiful buildings in Finland, a library in Russia, a student dormitory at MIT, an art collector´s private house near Paris – and many other unique places. We learn about the colorful history of modernism and meet along the way the Rockefellers, Le Corbusier, and László Moholy-Nagy. Great tragedy struck Alvar with Aino´s premature death. He eventually got married again to another architect, Elissa Aalto, and had one his most significant professional periods in the 1950s. This charming documentary organically combines entertainment and knowledge, contemporary film material and rare unforeseen footage. We hear the protagonists talking intimately in their love letters and see Alvar´s heartbreaking drawings of his wife on her deathbed. The film is based on profound research and narrated by the eyewitnesses and top researchers from all over the world.

Screening takes place on the Elevent site; purchase your ticket via Elevent here

Cost: $8 for Members; $12 general admission

Please join us for the Aalto Virtual Q & A program on September 12, 2pm, with William C. Miller, FAIA, Professor and Dean Emeritus of Architecture in the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah. Professor Miller has great expertise in Nordic architecture and will talk briefly about Alvar Aalto and then answer questions from participants. 

About the Director:

Virpi Suutari is an awarded filmmaker known for her personal cinematic style and emotional narratives. Her films have been shown all over the world. The Idle Ones (2002)  was  nominated  for the Best European Documentary (EFA) and she has got several  Best Nordic Documentary awards.  Her film, Entrepreneur, was  in the  Masters  selection  at IDFA 2018. Virpi has received the national Jussi Award (the Finnish Oscars) three times.

headshot of woman in black shirt looking into the camera

 

library room with books and shelves

Aalto is a documentary film journey into the life and work of one of the greatest modern architects, Alvar Aalto. The film shares for the first time the intimate love story of Alvar and his architect wife, Aino Aalto. It takes the viewer on a cinematic tour to their creative processes and iconic buildings all over the world. We visit their most beautiful buildings in Finland, a library in Russia, a student dormitory at MIT, an art collector´s private house near Paris – and many other unique places. We learn about the colorful history of modernism and meet along the way the Rockefellers, Le Corbusier, and László Moholy-Nagy. Great tragedy struck Alvar with Aino´s premature death. He eventually got married again to another architect, Elissa Aalto, and had one his most significant professional periods in the 1950s. This charming documentary organically combines entertainment and knowledge, contemporary film material and rare unforeseen footage. We hear the protagonists talking intimately in their love letters and see Alvar´s heartbreaking drawings of his wife on her deathbed. The film is based on profound research and narrated by the eyewitnesses and top researchers from all over the world.

Screening takes place on the Elevent site; purchase your ticket via Elevent here

Cost: $8 for Members; $12 general admission

Please join us for the Aalto Virtual Q & A program on September 12, 2pm, with William C. Miller, FAIA, Professor and Dean Emeritus of Architecture in the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah. Professor Miller has great expertise in Nordic architecture and will talk briefly about Alvar Aalto and then answer questions from participants. 

About the Director:

Virpi Suutari is an awarded filmmaker known for her personal cinematic style and emotional narratives. Her films have been shown all over the world. The Idle Ones (2002)  was  nominated  for the Best European Documentary (EFA) and she has got several  Best Nordic Documentary awards.  Her film, Entrepreneur, was  in the  Masters  selection  at IDFA 2018. Virpi has received the national Jussi Award (the Finnish Oscars) three times.

headshot of woman in black shirt looking into the camera

 

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