Kaspar Astrup Schröder

Denmark , 2017 / 93 min / English and Danish OV with English subtitles / Documentary

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An intimate portrait of Danish star-architect Bjarke Ingels.

Bjarke Ingels started out as a young man dreaming of creating cartoons. Now, he has been named "one of architecture's biggest innovators" by The Wall Street Journal, and “one of the 100 Most Influential People on the Planet” by Time Magazine. Big Time follows Bjarke over the course of seven years (2009-2016), struggling to finish his biggest project so far. We are let into Bjarke's creative processes as well as the endless compromises that his work entails, and we are at his side when his personal life too starts putting pressure on him.

“I started feeling that the film had the potential of becoming even more universal. That it didn’t ‘only’ have the potential of conveying interesting architecture as well as the fascinating brain behind all of it, but it could also paint the greater picture of the modern man and the choices he has to make in order to find happiness”. Kaspar Astrup Schröder

Fri 02/03 19:00 Ciné Utopia EN & DK OV with EN subt. Public

"Cool and competent, Kaspar Astrup Schröder’s documentary Big Time ‑ an adoring profile of the Danish ‘starchitect’ Bjarke Ingels ‑ merely glances at human drama. The aesthetic of Mr. Ingels ‑ whose firm BIG (for Bjarke Ingels Group) has triumphed with designs like that for the M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark in Helsingor; the Via 57 West complex in Manhattan; and the in-progress Two World Trade Center ‑ has a youthful, playful audacity". Andy Webster, NY Times, 30/11/2017.

“Now you have to remember that in the end this is a movie Kaspar has made. Kaspar has shot over 70 hours. 60,000 hours has passed since he started. And there is a 90-minute film. So Kaspar has chosen to tell just the story ‑ out of the many thousands of stories he could have told, which is also a true story ‑ but it's one of many possible. […] When he invited me into the editing room to see what is very close to the final result ‑ I had NO idea what to expect. And that was not what I expected ‑ or feared. […] My personal ambition is to make people spend 90 minutes in a world full of architecture and full of dreams and ideas and struggles and conflicts, and defeats and victories, and compromises and insistence and wishes, and sacrifices. All that must be done to get a house up!”. Bjarke Ingels

Cast & Credits
Bjarke Ingels
Kaspar Astrup Schröder
René Johannesen, Boris B. Betram, Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Bobby Hess
Ali Helmwein, D.A. McCormick
Sonntag Pictures
Good Company Pictures, Avrotros
AUTLOOK Filmsales

Born in 1979 in Denmark, Kaspar Astrup Schröder is a self-taught visual artist and designer, and a director. Though based in Copenhagen, he often works in Asia. He has exhibited visual works and released music in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brussels, New York, Shenzhen and Tokyo. His documentaries The Invention of Dr. Nakamats (2009) and My Playground (2010) were selected for IDFA in Amsterdam. Rent a Family Inc. (2012) was honoured with a Golden Eye Award in the category Best International Documentary at Zürich International Film Festival.

  • 2017 - Big Time (documentary)
  • 2015 - Storm starter i skole (documentary series)
  • 2013 - Mig Thai (documentary)
  • 2012 - Lej en familie (documentary)
  • 2010 - My Playground (documentary)
  • 2009 - The Invention of Dr. Nakamats (documentary)