At a time of existential threat to the physical and human environment we live in, Architect Portugali takes us into a deeply intimate journey in the Kabbala holy city of Tsefat. A journey that unfolds gradually from her present holistic/Buddhist/scientific Point of View to a discovery of profound universal insights of: What is their secret of all those great timeless places in which man feels 'at home', and what is that 'One pure art of making' that creates them (any the Arts), at any culture; place and time. That, via reconstructing in her unique poetic meditative cinematic language her childhood memories engraved on each stone of the invisible city's history.
Using her body of experience she has been accumulating for years of multidisciplinary creation in the visual arts; writing; Architecture as my main profession, the film both in form and content cross new boundaries-Straddling between art and cinema
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Portugali is a Practicing architect; senior lecturer; researcher and published author.
The film is her third of Creative TRILOGY following the world-known buildings she designed; the published books she wrote. Graduated: A.A School of Architecture London; Post G: Architecture & Buddhism U.CBerkeley ; Film studies.
7th generation descendant of a family living in the holly 'Kabbala' city of Tsefat, Israel since the early 19th century.
Her work is connected to the holistic-phenomenological school of thought
Senior lecturer: Bezalel Academy of Art & Design Jerusalem; Faculty of Architecture/Town Planning Haifa, Guest lecturer: MIT Harvard Oxford TUStuttgart TUDresden TUDelft Tsinghua China
Among the world-known buildings she designed Blumenthal Music Center & Library.
Exhibitions: Venice & Sao Paolo Architecture Biennale, Barcelona, Linz
Her book: The Act of Creation and The Spirit of A Place/ A Holistic-Phenomenological Approach to Architecture/ Edition Axel Menges/Stuttgart was listed the books of the year by Royal Institute of British Architects