My Architect: A Son's Journey

116 minutes · United States · 2004

My Architect is arguably the most significant film in our niche genre of architecture and design. This year is the 20th anniversary of the film’s release, and we have a new digitally remastered version that looks better than ever. In My Architect, director Nathaniel Kahn takes us on a heartbreaking and humorous journey of his attempts to reconnect with his deceased father, renowned architect Louis I. Kahn. When he died in 1974, Kahn left behind a personal life of secrets and broken promises that his illegitimate son Nathaniel is determined to unravel. The riveting narrative takes us from the men’s room of Penn Station to the bustling streets of Bangladesh to the inner sanctums of Jerusalem politics. In a documentary with all the emotional impact of a dramatic feature film, Nathaniel’s journey becomes a universal investigation of identity, a celebration of art, and an exploration of life itself. This film was nominated for an Academy Award. Even if you’ve seen it before, it’s not to be missed on the big screen.

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Director:Nathanial Kahn
Runtime:116 minutes
Country:United States

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