DocLounge & DocPoint present: Megacities by Michael Glawogger 24.11.

megacities01The upcoming Doc Lounge Helsinki & DocPoint Club is a tribute to all brave documentary film makers who have lost their lives while working on their film projects. To honour their memory Doc Lounge and DocPoint will screen Megacities (1998, 90 min) by Michael Glawogger. Glawogger died of malaria on 23rd of April 2014 when he was working on his new film in Liberia. The film is part of Glawogger triology dealing with work. After the film the critic, curator and friend of Glawogger, Olaf Möller will talk about Glawogger’s work and legacy. The evening starts with a short film Erica by Maira Dobele from Elo.

By taking on four megacities, Mumbai, Mexico City, Moscow and New York, the documentary shows the beauty of human imagination and capability of living under harsh conditions. Megacities is a dark poem in twelve chapters. It deals with precariousness, love, violence, dreams and work. Glawogger presents people, places and situations that are so extreme they would be hard to imagine.

Glawogger is one of the best known Austrian directors. He has been working with both fiction and documentary film, and also as a cinematographer for Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl, among others. What distinguishes Glawogger as a documentary film maker is his way of telling the story via his pictures; we see and experience the world through his lens. Megacities is a part of what has been called  “a globalization trilogy”. The other two films of the trilogy are Workingman’s Death (2005) and Whore’s Glory (2011).

When: 24.11.2014 at 7.30 pm
Where: Lavaklubi, Läntinen teatterikuja 1
Tickets: 5 euros