A farewell to the Floralies
Auteur documentary – 75′ – 2017
Constructed in 1972, the Floralies residence in Ramonville is a remarkable example of Utopian architecture from the late 1960s. It was an era when certain architects thought that urban planning could change society. Forty years later, this neighborhood of 276 units, which should have been a symbol of modernity, is nothing more than an abandoned public housing project destined for destruction. This film invites us to take a last walk through the tagged walls and boarded up window of this condemned residence, in search of a sabotaged utopia. Through the testimonies of former residents, we are invited to interrogate the degree to which architecture can, or cannot, influence the lives of the people who live in it.
Born on June 1st 1967 in Montauban, Sylvain Luini has worked as editor and cameraman for over 40 documentaries since 1995. Farewell Floralies is the first film he has directed.
Festival Résistances 2017 (France)
With the support of Région Occitanie Pyrénées-Méditéranée. With the collaboration of Via Occitanie