The Design Indaba Film Fest 2011 runs from 18 to 27 February and will feature names such as Banksy, Massimo Vignelli, Bruce Mau, Javier Mariscal, Yves Saint Laurent,Valentino, Jan Kaplicky, Ant Farm, David Hockney, Buckminster Fuller, and Robin and Lucienne Day.
Headlining the festival is the Oscar-nominated Banksy-directed documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop. The film is presented by the British Council. Other British Council films include Contemporary Days, about the design power couple Robin and Lucienne Day, and a British Art Programme, which includes an unprecedentedly revealing insight into David Hockney, A Bigger Picture, and the tragicomic Portrait.
One of the highlights on the agenda is the special preview of Design is One: The Vignellis. A work-in-progress, the film is about the life and work of Lella and Massimo Vignelli, and their far-reaching impact on the world of design. Massimo will be celebrating his 80th birthday at Design Indaba this year.
Another Design Indaba favourite, the whimsical Javier Mariscal has just completed his first feature-length animation, with Fernando Trueba. Mostly set in Cuba, Chico and Rita follows the lives of a talented couple that chase their dreams and each other, with the historic evolution of jazz music as a backdrop.
Appealing to fashionistas, Valentino: The Last Emperor and L¹Amour Fou, about Yves Saint Laurent, tells of two of the greatest giants in the business. One of the biggest architecture, engineering, philosophy and futurist giants of the past century, The World of Buckminster Fuller is a 1970s classic by Oscar-wining filmmaker Robert Snyder. Also drawing architects, An Eye Over Prague is a thrilling insight into Jan Kaplicky¹s controversial Prague Library, and Space, Land and Time captures the essence of the Ant Farm architecture collective once described as ³the Merry Pranksters of architecture².
There will be two screenings a day, at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. The venue is the newly opened, luxuriously appointed Freeworld Design Centre on Cape Town¹s Fanwalk, at the corner of Waterkant and Buitengracht Street. Book through Computicket from 7 February 2011.