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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.

Finnish architect Alvar Aalto holds a unique position amongst his peers, having brought a humanist influence to architecture by creating spaces that serve our social, psychological, and environmental needs.

Considered to be one of the great masters of the 20th century movement, Alvar’s success was also directly tied to that of his wife, Aino, who studied alongside him at the Institute of Technology in Helsinki. Married in 1924, the Aaltos rose to international fame thanks to projects such as the Vyborg Library in Russia and the Paimio Sanatorium in Finland, and crucial support from patrons such as the Rockefellers, who appointed Aino as creative director of their modern furniture brand, Artek.


This documentary provides an extraordinary insight into the couple’s intimate love story and their joint contribution to the world of modernist architecture.

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    Virpi Suutari