Praise for Norberto Lopez Amado & Carlos Carcas'
HOW MUCH DOES YOUR BUILDING WEIGH MR. FOSTER?
"Elegant and stylish. This rich, revealing documentary about world-renowned, prolific British architect Norman Foster — as productive and creative as he is inspirational — could attract legions of young people to the profession just as it enlightens older “civilians” to the beauty and function of architecture in a new, more demanding century. The true poetic beauty of the film comes across most strikingly by way of screen time given to many of his hundreds of projects—huge and small structures spread across the globe."
-Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal
"This admiring documentary gives the viewer quite a lot to marvel at. Accompanied by Joan Valent’s pulsing, soaring score, the camera swoops over some of Mr. Foster’s largest and best-known structures and floats through the bright and airy interiors of his skyscrapers. Even before you hear Paul Goldberger describe Mr. Foster as 'the Mozart of Modernism,' you can appreciate the grace and harmony of his compositions in glass, steel and light." -A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"Dazzlingly shot, stirring. The filmmakers' cameras capture the beauty and breadth of his output with eye-popping swoop and grandeur. The film is an architecture lover's dream."
- Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"The master-builder himself speaks very candidly and intelligently about his life and career, and what's most remarkable about this documentary is how it highlights Foster's increasingly acute grasp of the social problems shaping his designs, as well as the stunning cinematography with which they're filmed…cinematographer Valentin Álvarez shoots well over a dozen of Foster's projects in beautiful gliding processions, ascendant crane shots and revelatory close-ups." - Benjamin Sutton, L Magazine
"!Flows like one of Foster's buildings: elegant, organic, unique, and endlessly fascinating." - This Week in New York
"Unusually successful in synchronizing the ethos and oeuvre of its protagonist, British architect Norman Foster, with its own visual strategies and rhythms, 'How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?' is the rare documentary that lionizes an accomplished figure without tipping into hagiography. The film achieves true intimacy by letting the man's descriptions of his goals and motives form a contrapuntal relationship with a cinematic dance around his works." -Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"This celebratory documentary provides a spectacular showcase for many of the builder’s creations (gorgeously photographed from every angle). Foster himself is often charming and humble, and he proffers some intriguing thoughts about his métier, especially in a fascinating interlude about a fully sustainable city his company is building outside Abu Dhabi." -Keith Ulrich, Time Out New York
"Quite enjoyable...yet another fine documentary from First Run Features."
-James van Maanen, Trust Movies
"An elegant portrait of one of the most esteemed architects of the modern age."
- The Telegraph
"Hugely Enjoyable" - The Observer