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My Architect: A Son's Journey

Not Rated In Theaters 11/12/2003 , 110min.
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Plot & Details

My Architect is filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn's intimate exploration of his father's life. Louis Kahn, the renowned architect, was found dead in Penn Station in 1974. He died in massive debt. His obituary in The New York Times mentioned Kahn's importance to modern architecture, but did not mention that he had a son. As it turned out, very few people knew that Louis Kahn led a kind of double life. He had a wife and daughter, but he also had two other children by two mistresses. Nathaniel traces his father's past, from his childhood to his prominence in the world of architecture. He interviews Louis' peers, including Frank Gehry, Philip Johnson, and I.M. Pei. He also interviews his own mother and his two half sisters. The filmmaker tries to reconcile his father's prestige with his financial ruin, and his passion for his work with his insensitive treatment of the women in his life and the children he fathered. He also travels the globe examining his father's legacy -- the buildings he designed throughout the world. My Architect was shown at New Directors/New Films in 2003.
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated
  • Genre(s): Foreign
  • Run Time: 110min.
  • Theatrical Release Date: 11/12/2003
  • DVD Release Date: 02/15/2005
  • Distributor(s): New Yorker
  • Director(s): Nathaniel Kahn
  • Starring: Nathaniel Kahn , Louis I. Kahn
  • Themes: Fathers and Sons,Rise and Fall Stories,Tortured Genius
  • Tone: Bittersweet,Intimate,Matter-of-Fact,Melancholy,Reflective,Understated
  • Keywords: architecture
  • Country of Origin: USA - Limited (11-12-2003)
  • Language: English


Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Documentary Feature Susan Rose Behr Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Documentary Feature Nathaniel Kahn Nominated

Chicago International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Nathaniel Kahn Won

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Truer Than Fiction Award Nathaniel Kahn Nominated
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Documentary Nathaniel Kahn Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 National Board of Review Best Documentary Nominated

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