Part of our One Hit Wonders series, showcasing great new documentaries at special one-night-only screenings!
Bob Vint (Principal Architect of Vint and Associates Architects, Inc. and Adjunct Faculty member of the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture) and Chris Trumble (Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture) will join us for a post-film Q&A and discussion on Gaudi's unique structures and legacy.
“A sensory and philosophical experience of sublime beauty.”- Le Nouvelliste
“Beautiful! Both a tour of La Sagrada Familia and a philosophical meditation on art, design and time.” – Pascal Gavillet, Tribune de Geneve
“Exhaustive and astounding in its detective-like exploration of the history of the impossibly ornate house of worship.” – Jackson Scarlett, 7x7SF
One of the most iconic and enduring structures ever built, La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain is a unique and fascinating architectural project conceived by controversial genius Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century. More than 125 years after construction began, the bascilica still remains unfinished. The new documentary Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation celebrates Gaudi’s unique vision and continuing work of countless laborers, artisans, designers and architects as they strive to complete the colossal project, while also delving into the mysterious process of artistic creation. La Sagrada Familia was commissioned by the Order of St. Joseph in 1882. After conflicts arose between the Order and the original architect, 31 year-old Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi was hired to complete the design. A devout Catholic and architectural prodigy, Gaudi envisioned a place of worship that combined elements of classic French Gothi style and the curvilinear, organic aspects of the budding Art Nouveau school. Despite decades of delays, thousands of artisans, laborers and designers have contributed to the ambitious and glorious landmark. Inspired by Gaudi’s unique vision, the film explores our fundamentally human search for the meaning of existence and the quest for creative expression. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Catalonian metropolis, the documentary investigates the history of the Sagrada Familia while allowing viewers time to observe and reflect upon the artistic, spiritual and personal significance of the basilica. (Dir. by Stefan Haupt, 2014, Spain, in Catalan/Spanish/French/German with subtitles, 90 mins., Not Rated, First Run Features) Digital