Joseph Hillel

Canada, 2018 / 81 min / French & English OV with French subt. / documentary

Collaboration Paperjam Architecture+Real Estate

Four phenomenal female architects reflect on their contribution to the architectural landscape of North American cities

City Dreamers is a film about our changing urban environment and four trailblazing women architects who have been working, observing and thinking about the transformations shaping the cities of today and tomorrow for over 70 years. Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Denise Scott Brown may not be household names, but these women have worked with some of the greatest architects of our time, including the likes of Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn and Robert Venturi. In the course of their inspiring careers, they have left an indelible mark on several cities across North America and Europe. In this documentary, they reflect on their major contributions to the architectural landscape of several cities and how it impacted their inhabitants. And while the documentary showcases each of their stories as well as the setbacks they have faced working as female architects, City Dreamers is above all inspired by what has united these four women throughout their careers: the “dream” of a fundamentally human and inclusive city.

Mon 09/03 18:30 Ciné Utopia FR & EN OV with FR subt. Public

“Each would make a worthy subject for her own film, and indeed some have. Hillel’s film, beautifully shot, provides an overview of their lives and careers. It brings them together with an implicit thesis: that these four women are remarkably accomplished, and that in a less sexist milieu they would all be seen as stars in their own right. The film’s portraits of the four women in their own environments are invaluable.” Alex Bozikovic, The Globe and Mail, 16/05/2019

Cast & Credits
Phyllis Lambert, Denise Scott Brown, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel
Joseph Hillel, Bruno Baillargeon
Stéphanie Weber Biron, Léna Mill-Reuillard, Étienne Boilard
Stéphane Carreau, Alexandre Wang-Legentil
Jean-Olivier Bégin
Couzin Films

Joseph Hillel is a Canadian filmmaker living in Montreal. He wrote, produced and co-directed his first documentary, Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe, in 2004. This film on the famous architect won the Award for Best Canadian Film at the 22nd Montréal International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), the Best Photography Prize at the Roma Art Doc Fest, and a Special Mention at the Docùpolis International Documentary Festival in Barcelona. In 2009, his second documentary on photography, Karsh Is History (2009), once again received the Award for Best Canadian Film at the 27th FIFA. City Dreamers (2018) is his fourth feature documentary.

  • 2018 – City Dreamers (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2013 – Ayiti Toma, au pays des vivants (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2009 – Karsh Is History (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2004 – Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)