Journey into the life and work of the defining figure in Scandic design and one of the greatest modern architects, Alvar Aalto. Recounting the intimate yet tragic love story he shared with his architect wife, Aino, the film provides a cinematic tour of their creative process and iconic buildings all over the world. Narrated by experts in the field and featuring never-before-seen archival footage, AALTO reveals unique insight into an extraordinary couple whose profoundly humanist vision put people at the center of design.
"A fascinating, well-crafted and well researched documentary. Recommended." - M. Hudson for The Sound View
Sound: 2.0 Stereo
- "This new biopic about one of the greatest designers of the 20th century is both an affectionate tribute to the work of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and a touching love story. Enlivened by family photographs and plentiful archive footage, diagrams and painstaking research, Aalto is a meaty yet concise undertaking that will satisfy professional as well as dilettante appetites. "
- "After decades of Aalto adulation, and the proliferation of Aalto-inspired chairs, vases and tea towels, this film sheds useful light on the man, and women, behind the organic curves."
- "The cameramen, Heikki Färm, Jani Kumpulainen and Tuomo Hutri make a silent but all the more important contribution by revealing Aalto's artistic intent to audiences and making us feel in the presence of Aalto, the practising architect."
Awards & Recognition
Göteborg Film Festival
Best Documentary Film
Reykjavik Int'l. Film Festival
Adelaide Film Festival
Amplify Film Festival
Architecture & Design Film Festival