Having a Cigarette with Álvaro Siza

Germany | 2016 | 52 min
Portuguese | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Isabelle Casez
Distribution: Solo:film GmbH
Editing: Frederik Bösing
Music: Christian Conrad
Producer: Iain Dilthey, Susann Schimk
Sound: Johannes Schneeweiss
Production: Solo:film GmbH


Presented in partnership with Provencher roy

Seated at his drawing table, cigarette dangling from his lips, Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza opens up before the camera of Iain Dilthey. A committed socialist and passionate smoker, Siza is among the foremost figures in contemporary architecture. His structures are not unlike their creator: simple, understated, fitting perfectly into their environment and spanning several decades. Looking back at this path and early works, we also discover the history of Portuguese society and the second half of the 20th century. In this finely tuned documentary, in keeping with the style and words of the architect, we journey to the heart of the architect’s work and ideas.


Iain Dilthey

Iain Dilthey was born in Scotland in 1971. He studied chemistry and pharmacy in Marburg and Mainz from 1992 to 1997, and scenic film at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg from 1997 to 2003. From 2006 to 2008, he was guest lecturer in acting and film direction at the IFS International Film School Cologne and film direction at the German Film and TV Academy Berlin (dffb). In 2016, he received an art stipend from Villa Massimo.
Filmography | Lindenstraße (2008-2016) ; Eines Tages... (2010) ; Gefangene (2006) ; Das Verlangen (2002) ; Ich werde dich auf Händen tragen (2001)

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