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18 Jun 2006 00:00 - 00:00

Jan Kaplicky: Film Profile And Screen Talk

A revealing portrait of Jan Kaplicky, architect and founder of a highly influential architectural and design practice Future Systems. It is a dialogue between the film director and the architect about presence, green buildings, about dreams that never came true, as well as about freedom, beauty, sensuality and creativity.



18 June 2006, 2.15 pm

Box Office: 0870 756 4620

Tickets: £6.50/£5.50 members


A time when ecological issues are becoming the focal point, a time when many of us suffer from a lack of living space it is worth trying to make a film portrait of a man who dealt with these issues a long time ago, through architecture.


Long before 1968, he decided to leave the country as a consequence of the then political turmoil and it was only in emigration that he proved his exceptional talent. Jan Kaplický is living and working in England, where he also founded with Amanda Levete Future Systems practice, a prestigious society recognized throughout the world.


He visits Prague, his native town, partly because of the fact that he feels homesick and also because he pursues various projects. Unfortunately, all his proposals usually meet opposition in the Czech Republic, both due to personal intolerance, associated with envy – a typical Czech character, as well as due to a number of absurd decisions about what to build, where bribery often plays an important role. Similarly to Milan Kundera, Jan Kaplický has not become very popular in his home country.


Followed by Q&A with Jan Kaplicky and film producer Eliska Fuchsova chaired by Dr Irena Murray, Sir Banister Fletcher Director of British Architectural Library, RIBA.

Jakub Wagner, Czech Republic, 2004, 52 min



The screening is part of new documentary film strand called DOC DAYS.




Selfridges, Birmingham





Part of Architecture Week. Organised in collaboration with Curzon Cinemas.





30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


18 Jun 2006 00:00 - 00:00


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