Documentary “Ecopolis China” (2013)


Documentary “Ecopolis China” (2013) premiere in Estonia, Anna-Karin Grönroos (Finland)

December 6 / 17.00–18.00 / Estonian Centre of Architecture / Free to the public

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When one billion rural Chinese move to cities, our planet will change irreversibly. Finnish professor Eero Paloheimo and Chinese business magnate Zhang Yue are going to save the world by reinventing the city. Their utopias are very different: Zhang plans to build the tallest and most ecological building on Earth, an Eco-city in the shape of a skyscraper, built at world record speed. Paloheimo has designed a unique cleantech test laboratory city, and struggles to get it built in a flourishing valley outside Beijing. Is the future of urban mankind in the cherry valleys of China or high up in the sky?

Anna-Karin Grönroos: “Eero Paloheimo and Zhang Yue have very different suggestions on how to solve the paradox of sustainability in a country which by 2030 will have one billion urban consumers. I hope this film inspires you to think about life in the city, today and in the future. What kind of cities will we have in say, one hundred years? I want to ask this question now, because the future of mankind is in the cities.”

Anna-Karin Grönroos (born 1980) graduated with a BA from Arcada University of Applied Sciences in 2004 and has since then worked as a journalist, screenwriter, director and editor for Finnish TV. Many of her earlier documentaries are about the past and future in urban planning of her home town, Helsinki. However, her biggest festival hit so far, Send me a Letter, is about a special love day at children’s summer camp in Lithuania. This film was awarded with Kodak’s 1km film -prize.

Finnish and Chinese with English subtitles.

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Premiere in Estonia is supported by Finnish Embassy in Tallinn.