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The Architecture + Design Film Festival (A+DFF) in Winnipeg presents critically acclaimed films focusing on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. The films cover a range of design-oriented topics from architecture and urban design to graphics and product design. A+DFF (adff.ca) is the only Canadian festival devoted solely to architecture and design. Our “9.5 festival” is a little smaller this year and only online. Watch for the 10th annual celebrations in 2022. The festival is presented by the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation with support from the Manitoba Association of Architects and Urban Idea.

“Wilkommen, bienvenue,” the CEO sang in 2011 when BIG won the architecture competition for a large waste-to-energy plant with a ski slope on top. A camera has followed the process since the tentative beginnings of what became known – from the very first sod cut – as a visionary project that combines waste management and infrastructure with spectacular architecture and a recreational urban space.

 

But it is going to be an uphill struggle ...

 

The challenges soon pile up along with questions: How do you even combine a waste-to-energy plant with a ski slope? How far is a property developer willing to go? And how much can an architect actually push through when all is said and done?

 

In a cinematic construction site symphony, we follow our main characters from the popping of champagne corks and the vision taking off, through broken dreams about smoke rings and abrasions from artificial snow, to the first trip down the black slope.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    55 minutes
  • Language
    Danish
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Director
    Rikke Selin Fokdal, Kaspar Astrup Schröder