Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) adjunct professor and Austrian filmmaker, Karl Neubert will be featured later this week in an upcoming retrospective about Architecture. His groundbreaking film, “sur|FACE”, will be playing on Friday, March 4 at the Uplink Factory in Shibuya at 8:55pm.
* Please be aware that the version that will be shown is for Japanese audience, and contains NO English subtitles.
In this unprecedented documentary, Neubert brings together fourteen of the biggest names in contemporary Japanese architecture to present a fresh view on post-modern design. Overcoming not only the fierce competition amongst these fourteen elite architects, but also the immensely restrictive policies surrounding filmmaking here in Japan, Neubert manages to capture an experience that is full of surprise and enlightenment. Ultimately, he delivers an intriguing and inspiring look into post-modern Japanese architecture in a way that has never been done before, and an experience you won’t want to miss!
“sur|FACE” features superstar architects, Tadao Ando, Jun Aoki, Shigeru Ban, Hiroshi Hara, Itsuko Hasegawa, Arata Isozaki, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, Kisho Kurokawa, Fumihiko Maki, Hiroshi Naito, Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa, Yoshio Taniguchi as well as the brilliant minds behind Kenzo Tange Associates. Picking the brains of these colossal architects, Neubert covers a wide range of exciting topics in the world of contemporary architecture today, all the while delving deeper into the question, “What makes a contemporary building typically Japanese?”
About Karl Neubert:
Neubert is a German born film director, line producer and Adjunct Professor for Film and Media Arts for the Communication Studies Major at Temple University Japan Campus. He is currently a member of the Directors’ Guild of Japan and has lived in Tokyo since 1993. His debut film, “The Turns of the Wheel” (1997) received a Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival alongside several other international awards. He produced and co-directed the documentary feature film “sur|FACE – 14 Contemporary Japanese Architects” (2001) which was released in theaters nationwide as well as on DVD in Japan. He has also written and co-produced the comical sketch series “Myunhen yori Ai wo Komete” (“From Munich with Love”) which was aired on NHK between 2001 and 2003.
In addition to creating his own projects, Neubert has crew credits on more than 100 films and TV productions, for distinctive directors such as Doris Doerrie [“Greetings from Fukushima”(2015) & “Enlightenment Guaranteed”(1999)], Edgar Honetschlaeger [“L+R”(2000)], Academy Award© nominee Peter Spirer [“Let’s Go (It’s a Movement)”(2004)], Student Academy Award© winner Peter Friedman [“Mana – Beyond Belief”(2004)] and Riichiro Mashima [“Ski Jumping Pairs: Road to Torino”(2006)]. He has also been supervising translations of film scripts and co-organizing a number of short film festivals since the early 1990s