What happens to intellectual property if it is privatised? This is the question Jill Magid asks when she wants to make an artwork that deals with the work of Luis Barragán, the most significant Mexican architect of the 20th century. It turns out that Barragán’s huge archive was sold in 1995, seven years after his death, to the owner of Swiss design company Vitra, who gave it as a wedding present to his fiancée, Federica Zanco. Since then it has not left the basement of Vitra’s headquarters, where it is jealously guarded by its new owner.

Instead of indignantly going on the attack, Magid courts Zanco with flattering letters demonstrating their shared passion for Barragán. An unusual love triangle emerges as the partners gradually become closer. Magid’s final goal is to make the archives public again, preferably in Mexico. To get Zanco’s permission, she makes her a proposal that is as macabre as it is romantic.

Screenings

  • Thu 24 Jan Pathé 4
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  • Fri 25 Jan Pathé 6
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  • Mon 28 Jan Doelen Willem Burger Zaal
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  • Thu 31 Jan KINO 3
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Filmmaker
Jill Magid
Country
USA
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
83’
Language
English, Spanish
Producer
Charlotte Cook, Jarred Alterman, Laura Coxson
Production Company
Field of Vision
Sales
Cinetic Media
Cinematography
Jarred Alterman
Editor
Hannah Buck
Music
T. Griffin
Website
http://www.jillmagid.com