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How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?
Director: Norberto López Amado, Carlos Carcas

Spain, United Kingdom, documentary, 2009, 72 min
The film traces the career of one of the contemporary world’s premier architects Norman Foster. From his early childhood, spent with his poor family in Manchester, Foster developed his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. The film portrays Foster’s origins and how his dreams and experiences (architecture studies at Yale School of Art and Architecture and work with Richard Buckminster Fuller) inspired the design of emblematic projects such as the largest building in the world Beijing Airport, the Reichstag or the Hearst Building in New York. According to the architect, in the very near future, the majority of mankind will abandon the countryside and live entirely in cities. The film “How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?” captures how some striking futuristic solutions to the problems that this history will create are offered by Norman Foster’s office.
 
Awards:
 
2010 – TCM Audience Award for the ‘Best European Film’ at the San Sebastian Film Festival (Spain).
2010 – Best International Documentary award at the Docville International Documentary Festival in Leuven (Belgium).
 
About the directors:
 
Norberto López Amado was born in Galicia, Spain. In Galicia he studied law and film directing. Amado founded the Spanish news agency EFE in 1989 and later began directing documentaries and short films. Carlos Carcas was born in Florida, USA, in 1968. After graduating from Boston University’s College of Communication he worked as a television cameraman. His first feature documentary “Old Man Bebo” received an award at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Section: All the Muses

Screenplay: Deyan Sudjic

Dir. of Photography: Valentín Alvarez

Music: Joan Valent