MQ – Museumsplatz 1
“The Competition” (2013), the first documentary film by architect and director Angel Borrego Cubero (Office for Strategic Spaces/OSS, Madrid), celebrates its Austrian premiere at the Az W. The film follows five internationally-renowned architects as they participate in a 2008 competition to build the first National Museum of Art in the microstate Andorra in the Pyrenees. The masters – Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid, Dominique Perrault, Norman Foster – and their staff toil, strategize, struggle, and aim to win. Very detailed, almost painfully exact and raw, the film follows the course of the competition, providing fascinating studies on the personality, character, strategy and rhetoric of star architects, as well as the working conditions in their offices. Borrego Cubero’s documentary sheds light on the tension-filled process that characterizes architectural competitions, and in a compelling way seems to question the sense of it all. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director Angel Borrego Cubero.