Architecture on Film: Antonio Gaudí

Acclaimed Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara creates a symphonic ode to the work of Catalan modernist Antoni Gaudí, scored by avant garde composer Toru Takemitsu.


07:00pm, Wednesday, 12 July 2017


08:30pm, Wednesday, 12 July 2017


Cinema 1
Barbican Centre, Level -2
Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS


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Antonio Gaudí

One of Japan’s greatest directors, Hiroshi Teshigahara (Women in the Dunes, The Face of Another), creates a symphonic ode to Catalan architect Gaudí’s work, immortalising the modernist on shimmering 35mm. Images of Gaudí’s organic forms meld in sensual mélange with the Barcelona context from which they were born, as the director unites the architecture and its inspiration into an undifferentiated whole.

“There are few moments in film history quite so fascinating as when a first-rate director from one generation lovingly examines the life and work of a soulmate from an earlier era”
John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune

Folk dances in Barcelona’s streets, Romanesque cloisters, brutal Catholic iconography and Monserrat mountain are montaged with Gaudí’s Park Güell, Casa Vicens, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and more, before the film closes with extreme reverence upon the under construction Sagrada Familia.

Virtually dialogue free, with an astonishing soundtrack by avant garde composer and frequent collaborator Toru Takemitsu performing commentary instead, Teshigahara’s camera dances a duet of influence and exchange, in a meeting of auteurs.

"I have always been encouraged by the existence of such a rare genius architect like Antonio Gaudí in this world, and by the dignified fact that he erected such bold buildings. The thrill I received from Gaudí has a lot to do with the way I approach my art."
– Hiroshi Teshigahara

In later life Teshigahara would move from film to the Japanese art of Ikebana, creating large-scale architectonic bamboo installations. In these constructions the influence of Gaudí’s work is unmistakable, closing a dialogue between the director and the architect so majestically presented in this film.

Japan, 1984, Hiroshi Teshigahara, 72 mins