Big Time

Bjarke Ingels is like an ideal person from the past millennium, even though this Danish architect designs wow-buildings for future cities. The star architect believes in continuous development. With only God above you, you can mould the horizon of thoughts and cities.

Director Kaspar Astrup Schröder follows the architect to the construction site of Two World Trade Center and to the meetings of Bjarke Ingels Group. Here everybody waits to hear what the inspiring man wants – or doesn’t want. The former cartoonist sketches out the ideas for his buildings, ideas that often reach for the sky.

His work reflects Danish unruliness and the longing for a lost childhood. The wow in these designs means having a ski slope on a biopower plant.

The shared history between the protagonist and the director can be seen in moments of candour. Ingels already spoke of the playful use of urban spaces in Schröder’s parkour documentary My Playground (2009). Big Time offers a chance to take a look inside the head of this adored architect, literally, as the director cuts to animations of Ingels’ scanned brain, a brain he is afraid will overheat. The forty-year-old accepts the headache, as long as he can create a building as iconic as the Sydney Opera House.

Tero Kartastenpää / Translation: Ulrika Sundelin

Languages: English, Danish
Subtitles: English

  • Name in Original Language: Big Time
  • Director: Kaspar Astrup Schröder
  • Country: Denmark
  • Year: 2017
  • Length: 90 min
  • Age limit: null
  • Cinematography: Kaspar Astrup Schröder
  • Editing: Bobbie Esra G. Pertan, Catherine Ambus, Kaspar Astrup Schröder
  • Audio: Bobby Hess
  • Music: Ali Heimwein
  • Production: Sara Stockmann / Sonntag Pictures


  • Cinema Artis, hall 1: Friday, 02.02 - 19:00