‘Rem’, a new feature length documentary about internationally renowned architect Rem Koolhaas, will premier at the upcoming 73rd Venice Film Festival on Friday 9th September 2016, 5:30pm.
Directed by Koolhaas’s filmmaker son Tomas, ‘Rem’ hopes to challenge the traditions of existing architecture documentaries that have an intellectual or biographical focus which, in his opinion, are “extremely boring and visually unsatisfying to watch” (interview with World Architecture).
Although Koolhaas fils is clear about that the film is not, he is less able to, however, describe what his documentary is about without resorting to verbal wank (“‘Rem’ exposes the human experience of architecture through dynamic film” which means, essentially, very little). Judging by a variety of interviews and online posts, the documentary will address themes of architecture; Koolhaas père’s days as a globetrotting architect; his philosophies on life and design; and how his buildings are used by its inhabitants.
Oliver Wainwright (who, I believe, makes a cameo in the film, or at least appears in a still on the official website) has recently reviewed ‘Rem’ for The Guardian. His is the only impartial review of the documentary at the time of writing.
‘Rem’ will join a line of familial documentaries about famous architect parents, from Nathaniel Khan’s ‘My Architect’ and expected ‘Learning from Bob and Denise’ by Jim Venturi. You can read more about 'Rem' on its official web page and Facebook page.