This year's film programme includes a handful of documentaries that deal with the concept of 'home'. Whether it's the spaces we inhabit or the literal roofs above our heads, home is a theme at the centre of the following films in the 2019 programme.
Director: Fredrik Gertten / 92 mins / UK Premiere
Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities around the world. Incomes are not. PUSH sheds light on a new kind of faceless landlord, our increasingly unliveable cities and an escalating crisis that has an effect on us all. This is not gentrification, it’s a different kind of monster. “I believe there’s a huge difference between housing as a commodity and gold as a commodity. Gold is not a human right, housing is”, says Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing. The film follows her as she travels around the world, trying to understand who’s being pushed out of the city and why.
Director: Matthias Lintner / 85 mins / UK Premiere
‘What does it mean to inhabit a space?’, asks film maker and resident Matthias Lintner at the beginning of the film. The answer lies in the affectionate portraits of his neighbours. The director closely watches and listens to his house mates, who have built a world of their own, and refuses to focus on the outside world. Ideas on vacantness and void appear as a subversive act against the utopia of the well-ordered spaces and echo the thoughts of writer Georges Perec — his quotes adding an essay-like layer.