This selection deals with the tension and balance between a place and the people who inhabit it, be they permanent residents, passers-by, or onlookers. Five films that show how people’s gestures and movement in a space can breathe life into any place.
Mr. Yellow Sweatshirt
A minor epic takes place at a NYC subway entrance: The guy in yellow is trying, like everyone else, to get inside.
Before the Flight
Ivory Coast’s striking civic buildings are historical scars left after the end of the modernist dream.
The Bulgarian village of Altimir is about to be erased from the map, in the wake of defunct Communism and fickle Capitalism.
In the plasticky hustle and bustle of the Chinese Commodity City, the largest wholesale consumer market in the world, people search for a moment of quiet.