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The Infinite Happiness

The Infinite Happiness

Ila Bêka / Louise Lemoine

France | 2015 | 1 h 23 min
English |
Subtitles: English
To be screened as part of the Bêka and Lemoine Focus by Giovanna Borasi on ARTS.FILM from May 20 to June 5, 2022

The Infinite Happiness is a highly unusual architectural experience. The film takes us to the heart of one of the contemporary residential developments considered to be a new model of success: the giant 8 House” designed in 2009 by Danish architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group in the suburbs of Copenhagen. Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine recount their month-long immersion inside this experiment of the vertical village, nominated World best residential building” in 2011. As a Lego game, the film builds up a collection of life stories all interconnected by their personal relation to the building. Drawing the lines of a human map, the film reveals the building from an inner and intimate point of view. By showing the surprising results of this innovative social model, the directors question the architecture’s ability to create collective happiness.
Director of Photography Ila Bêka
Colorization Luca Immesi, Melo Prino
Sound Louise Lemoine
Sound mixing Walter Fuji
Other Héloïse Lalanne-Castellano


 Ila Bêka / Louise Lemoine

Ila Bêka / Louise Lemoine

Bêka & Lemoine have stood out on the international architectural scene for almost 20 years through a cinematographic work known for its innovative nature and its tender and biting humour, which has disrupted the usual representation of contemporary architecture by putting people and uses at the forefront. A project which defeats the question of genre, by placing itself at the edges of the documentary and video art, through a singular and highly subjective style. Thanks to an authentic artistic perspective on architecture, Bêka & Lemoine open new horizons to the relationship between architecture and cinema.

Presented by The New-York Times as the cult figures in the European architecture world”, Bêka & Lemoine’s work has been widely acclaimed as a new form of criticism” (Mark) that has deeply changed the way of looking at architecture” (Domus). Selected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (the Met) as one of the Most exciting and critical design projects of the year 2016”, elected Game Changers 2015” by Metropolis Magazine, selected as one of the 100 most talented personalities of 2017” by Icon Design. The complete work of Bêka & Lemoine has been acquired in 2016 by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York for its permanent collection. Their latest series, Homo Urbanus: A City-Matographic Odyssey portrays a harrowing journey across multiple cities in the world. With their intuitive, tong-in-cheek style, Bêka & Lemoine make us watch people with them, reflecting on how our cities shape our behavior as humans but mostly, it speaks about human behavior in its most universal form.

Their films have been widely presented in major biennials and international cultural events such as The XII Architecture Biennial of Sao Paulo in 2019, The Venice Architecture Biennale (2008, 2010, 2014), among many others. Their films are also frequently exhibited in some of the most prestigious museums and international cultural institutions, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Barbican in London. Bêka & Lemoine’s films have largely been selected and awarded by some major film festivals such as Cannes Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival (Venice), Locarno Film Festival, CPH:DOX (Copenhagen), DocAviv (Tel Aviv), among many others.

Bêka & Lemoine are regularly invited to lecture and teach in some of the most important universities: GSD / Harvard University (USA), GSAPP Columbia University (New-York, USA), Mendrisio (Switzerland) and HEAD (Switzerland). They thaught the design Studio Diploma 16 (M.Arch.) at the Architectural Association School in London from 2019 until 2021. In 2018 they have been laureates of Villa Kujoyama, French residency program for artists in Japan, and Ila Bêka has been laureate Italian Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Oslavia, The Cave of the Past Future (2021) ; Tokyo Ride (2020) ; Butohouse (2020) ; Homo Urbanus (2018) ; Moriyama-San (2017) ; Selling Dreams (2016) ; Voyage autour de la lune (2016) ; Barbicania (2016) ; The Infinite Happiness (2015) ; Spiriti (2015) ; 24 heures sur place (2015) ; La Maddalena (2014) ; L’expérience du vide (2014) ; 25 bis (2014) ; Pomerol, Herzog & De Meuron (2013) ; Xmas Meier (2013) ; Gehry’s Vertigo (2013) ; Inside Piano (2013) ; Koolhaas Houselife (2008).

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