Program
Director: Virpi Suutari
2020
Finland
103 minutes
All Ages

“There is nothing outside us. The most important thing is the creative power in ourselves.” (Alver Aalto)

This captivating exploration of Alver Aalto, the defining figure in Scandic design and one of Europe’s greatest modern architects, focuses on his remarkable and loving partnership with wife, Aino. Theirs was a profoundly humanist vision that put people at the centre of design, and ranged from work in furniture design through to huge architectural projects. They mixed with, and influenced, major figures of modernist art and design including Le Corbusier, Gropius, Moholy-Nagy, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Come on a cinematic tour of their iconic buildings all over the world, from a library in Russia, a student dormitory at MIT, an art collector’s private house near Paris, to a pavilion in Venice. Narrated by experts in the field and featuring never before seen archive footage, Aalto tells the love story of an extraordinary couple with a great passion for human scale architecture.

Film Type Documentary
Program Strand Architecture
Premiere Australian
Language English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Italian
Subtitles English
Director Virpi Suutari
Producer Timo Vierimaa
Screenwriters Virpi Suutari
Cinematographer Heikki Färm, Jani Kumpulainen
Editor Jussi Rautaniemi
Music Sanna Salmenkallio
Genre Art, History