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Scene from "Rodakis" (photo © Olaf Nicolai)

Rodakis is the portrait of a person, taking the form of an architectural documentary.

A house, built during the end of the 19th century on the Greek island Aegina, acquires the reputation of an icon of modern architecture avant la lettre. Its discoverer, the Greek architect Dimitris Pikionis, as well as Siegfried Gideon and Le Corbusier stylize it into a myth under the name of its builder Alexis Rodakis.

Strangely, hardly anything is reported about Rodakis himself, and not even a photograph of him remains. In the style of a documentary, the current condition of the house becomes the screen for a narration allowing this ghostly absence to become the initial point of a biography and using the fictional nature of facts as the principle of production.
Genre Architecture, Art
Category Docu-Fiction, Short
Year of Production 2008
Director Olaf Nicolai
Cinematography Volker Sattel
Producer Olaf Nicolai
Production Company Olaf Nicolai/Berlin
Length 12 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2008, Vancouver 2008, Toronto 2008

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