Tokyo Ride


Virtual Cinema Thu, Nov 19 5:00 PM - Thu, Dec 3 11:59 PM
Introduction TBA
Q&A after the film with: Directors Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine
Film Info
Run Time:90 min
Release Year:2020
Production Country:France and Japan
Original Langauge:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine



Acclaimed filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine return to Tokyo. This time, they embark upon an adventurous journey, in which they paint a charming free-form portrait of one of Japan’s most influential architects — Ryue Nishizawa.

Traveling through rain and sunshine, interchanges and concrete bridges, we see the temples, restaurants, cafes, and houses he designed. On the road, they talk about life in the city, Japanese culture, European history, film, music, and the process of turning an idea into a building. The pair also grows intimately close with Nishizawa’s dear friend: his car, Giulia, an old Alfa Romeo whose moods determine the direction of their trip.


Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine


"Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine are two of the foremost architectural artists working today. Their films focus on the relationship of people and design, emphasising the presence of everyday life within some of the most iconic architectural projects of recent decades." Barbican Centre, London.The complete work of Bêka & Lemoine has been acquired in 2016 by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York for its permanent collection.


Video-artists, filmmakers, producers and publishers, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have been working together for the past 15 years mainly focusing their research on experimenting new narrative and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture and urban environment.


Focusing their interest mainly on how the built environment shapes and influences our daily life, they have developed a very unique and personal approach which can be defined, in reference to French writer Georges Perec, as an "anthropology of the ordinary".


Presented by The New York Times as the "cult figures in the European architecture world", Bêka & Lemoine's work has been widely acclaimed as "a new form of criticism" (Mark) which "has deeply changed the way of looking at architecture" (Domus).


Selected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (The Met) as one of the "Most exciting and critical design project of the year 2016", elected "Game Changers 2015" by Metropolis Magazine, selected as one of the "100 most talented personalities of 2017" by Icon Design, in 2016 they have been selected among the participants of Mextropoli in Mexico City.


Their films have been widely presented in major biennials and international cultural events such as The Venice Architecture Biennale (2008, 2010, 2014), The Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, the Seoul Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism 2017, Performa 17 in New-York, among many others. Their films are also frequently exhibited in some of the most prestigious museums and international cultural institutions, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New-York, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, the Barbican Centre in London, the CAPC museum of contemporary art in Bordeaux, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul, or the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montréal, Canada.


Bêka & Lemoine's films have also largely been selected and awarded by some major film festivals such as CPH:DOX (Copenhagen), DocAviv (Tel Aviv), Chicago International Film Festival (Chicago), Torino Film Festival (Turin), among many others.Bêka & Lemoine are regularly invited to lecture in some important universities: GSD / Harvard University (USA), GSAPP / Columbia University (New-York, USA), AAP / Cornell University (USA), AA / Architectural Association School of Architecture (London, UK), Bartlett School of Architecture / UCL (London, UK).In 2018 Bêka & Lemoine have been laureate of Villa Kujoyama, French residency program for artists in Japan. In 2019 Ila Bêka has been laureate Italian Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine have also been invited as guest professors at GSAPP / Columbia University (New York) for the New-York/Paris Program, at Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (Switzerland), at Domaine du Boisbuchet (France) and at HEAD in Geneva.




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