ILA BÊKA & LOUISE LEMOINE

Artists, filmmakers, producers and publishers, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have been working together for the past 10 years mainly focusing their research on experimenting new narrative and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture.


Since 2007 they have been developing a film series entitled "Living Architectures", widely acclaimed as "a new form of criticism" (Mark) which "has deeply changed the way of looking at architecture" (Domus). "Koolhaas Houselife", internationally renowned as the "architecture cult movie" (El Pais), is probably the most famous film of their series, featuring Guadalupe - the irresistible housekeeper of the Bordeaux House built by Rem Koolhaas.

Selected as one of the 100 most talented personalities of 2017 by Icon Design, presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) as one of the "most exciting and critical design project of the year 2016", the complete work of Bêka & Lemoine has been acquired in 2016 by the Museum of Modern Art in New-York (MoMA) for their permanent collection.

Their films have been widely shown in some of the most prestigious international cultural institutions and events such as the Venice Architecture Biennale, Centre Pompidou (Paris), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Barbican Centre (London), CCA (Montreal) and Fondazione Prada (Milan, Italy).

Through their films, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine put into question the fascination with the picture, which covers up the buildings with preconceived ideas of perfection, virtuosity and infallibility, in order to demonstrate the vitality, fragility and vulnerable beauty of architecture as recounted and witnessed by people who actually live in, use or maintain the spaces they have selected. Thus, their intention is to talk about architecture, or rather to let architecture talk to us, from an «inner» point of view, both personal and subjective.


FILMOGRAPHY


  • Architecture and Cities
  • Moriyama-San, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (63 min)
  • Selling Dreams, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (25+12 min)
  • Voyage autour de la Lune, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (75 min)
  • Spiriti, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (15x3 min)
  • The Infinite Happiness, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (85 min)
  • Barbicania, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (90 min)
  • L'expérience du vide, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (45 min)
  • 24 Heures sur Place, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (90 min)
  • La Maddalena Chair, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (25 min)
  • La Maddalena, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (12 min)
  • 25bis, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (46 min)
  • Koolhaas Houselife, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (58 min)
  • Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (51 min)
  • Xmas Meier, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (51 min)
  • Gehry's Vertigo, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (48 min)
  • Inside Piano / The little Beaubourg, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (26 min)
  • Inside Piano / The Submarine, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (39 min)
  • Inside Piano / The power of silence, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (34 min)
  • Living Architectures Zip, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (60 min)
  • Documentaries
  • Alfred, une nuit vénitienne, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (70 min)
  • A Balare/Frassinetti, by Ila Bêka (62 min)
  • A Balare/Pilastro, by Ila Bêka (61 min)
  • A Balare/Italicus, by Ila Bêka (60 min)
  • La danza dell'amore, by Ila Bêka (23 min)
  • Mattarello d'oro, by Ila Bêka (20 min)
  • Il dubbio dell'amore, by Ila Bêka (15 min)
  • Passero sublime, by Ila Bêka (7 min)
  • Mariano, by Ila Bêka (6.26 min)
  • L'uomo dei numeri, by Ila Bêka (5 min)
  • Il testamento della memoria, by Ila Bêka (series of 20 films, 42min),
  • Videos
  • Monsieur Pelletret, by Ila Bêka (7 min)
  • Madame Pelletret, by Ila Bêka (4 min)
  • Salome & the seven heads, by Ila Bêka (6 min)
  • Mind Scraping, by Ila Bêka (5 min)
  • Pigeons, by Ila Bêka (7.33 min)
  • Reminiscenza Onirica, by Ila Bêka (5min)
  • The end of the dream, by Ila Bêka (5.58 min)
  • Too much noises, by Ila Bêka (4 min)
  • Birding, by Ila Bêka (2 min)
  • The Prophet, by Ila Bêka (4.08 min)
  • Radio Maria, by Ila Bêka (5 min)
  • Guadalupe, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (1.30 min)
  • Ascension, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (2.36 min)
  • The leaf blower, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (2.10 min)
  • Gynécée,  by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (1.39 min)
  • The spiral mouth, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (1.43 min)
  • Carmine, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (1.36 min)
  • Curtain, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (4.32 min)
  • Sound of Space, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (different pieces)
  • Quodlibet/The apartment, by Ila Bêka (12.25 min)
  • Feature Films
  • Quodlibet, by Ila Bêka (84 min). Official Selection at the International Film Festival of Locarno.
  • Short Films
  • I have seen my mother dancing in the clouds, by Ila Bêka (6 min). Grand Prix: Torino Film Festival. Séléction Officielle della Mostra del Cinema di Venezia. Séléction aux Oscars, par l'Academy Awards de Los Angeles
  • Buongiorno, by Melo Prino (aka Ila bêka) (5 min). Grand Prix: Festival Interfilm de Berlin, Festival de Annecy, Festival de Capalbio, Premio Troisi de Naples, Maremetraggio de Trieste. Prix Féderation Cinémas d'Essai, Mention au Nastri d'Argento.
  • Buonasera, by Melo Prino (aka Ila bêka) (5 min).
  • Buonanotte, by Melo Prino (aka Ila bêka) (5 min).
  • In Utero, by Ila Bêka (11 min). Jameson Short Film Awards du Meilleur court-métrage italien. Sélection Officielle à la Semaine de la Critique de Cannes. Prix Arcadi, Séléction Officielle du Festival du court-métrage de Clermont Ferrand.
  • Adriano e Caterina, by Ila Bêka (5 min)
  • Appuntamento a Belleville, by Melo Prino (aka Ila bêka) (5 min)
  • Ventre, by Melo Prino (aka Ila bêka) (6 min). Prix du Festival del Cinema d'Arte di Bergamo.
  • Contagio, by Melo Prino(aka Ila bêka) (6 min)
  • Little Bird, by Ila Bêka (5 min)
  • Requiem, by Ila Bêka (7 min)
  • Crash, by Ila Bêka (4 min)
  • The last taxi, by Ila Bêka (5 min)
  • The ambush, by Ila Bêka (5 min)
  • Della paura di morire, by Ila Bêka (1.40 min)
  • The picture, by Ila Bêka (5 min)
  • Millimetraggi
  • Millimetraggi, a series of 168 very short-films (less than 3 min). Gran Prix: Festival du Film Très Court de Paris, Festival Maremetraggio-Oscar du court-metrage italien de Trieste (Italie), Festival Premio Massimo Troisi de Naples (Italie). Prix Arcadi Paris.
  • Fragments
  • Fragments, a collection of more than 500 vidéo-haîkus



CONCEPT

“Living Architectures” is a series of films that seeks to develop a way of looking at architecture which turns away from the current trend of idealizing the representation of our architectural heritage.



Through these films, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine put into question the fascination with the picture, which covers up the buildings with preconceived ideas of perfection, virtuosity and infallibility, in order to demonstrate the vitality, fragility and vulnerable beauty of architecture as recounted and witnessed by people who actually live in, use or maintain the spaces they have selected. Thus, their intention is to talk about architecture, or rather to let architecture talk to us, from an «inner» point of view, both personal and subjective.

Unlike most movies about architecture, these films focus less on explaining the building, its structure and its technical details than on letting the viewer enter into the invisible bubble of the daily intimacy of some icons of contemporary architecture. Through a series of moments and fragments of life, an unusually spontaneous portrait of the building would emerge. This experiment presents a new way of looking at architecture which broadens the field of its representation.


OUR APPROACH

The whole project "LIVING ARCHITECTURES" has entirely been auto-produced by ourselves.



We have made the choice to become ourselves publishers and distributors to keep our independence from the beginning to the end of this experimental work. This financial constraint is also the key of this project's freedom.

Buying theses DVD-Books you will actively contribute to sustain the possibility of an artistic production free of the market pressure and the major publishing and distributing system that weaken so much the author's position.


Thank you, Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine