The opening film of AFFR 2018 has been announced. On Wednesday 10 October, AFFR kicks off the tenth edition of the festival with the European premiere of the film The Experimental City.
It was supposed to be the ultimate living lab for urbanization: The Experimental City. A megalomaniac plan developed in the 1960s to show that the growing problems of big cities could be resolved. Air pollution, mobility, waste collection, energy use: the city offered a solution for everything. It was a utopian paradise of cutting-edge construction for 250,000 inhabitants, situated in rural Minnesota. Self-driving cars, recycling and re-use, solar power, and a huge geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller to ward off weather and climate. It was the ultimate dream of scientist Athelstan Spilhaus, who published his futuristic predictions in a weekly newspaper comic, inspiring millions of Americans to dream of a new world within their grasp. The film is a fascinating journey through time, filled with attention-grabbing science fiction from the 1960s; 50 years later, it seems more relevant than ever.