Mies van der Rohe and Edith Farnsworth story set for silver screen

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The story of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House – and his relationship with his client – is set to be made into a movie, with Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges set to play the modernist architect.

The film will follow the relationship between Van der Rohe and his client, Chicago kidney doctor Edith Farnsworth, during the design and construction of the glass-box home.

The movie does not yet have a release date, but Bridges is confirmed to play van der Rohe, while Maggie Gyllenhaal has been chosen for the role of Farnsworth.

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The two previously starred together in 2009 drama Crazy Heart (pictured), for which Bridges won an Academy Award for Best Actor and Gyllenhaal was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

Farnsworth commissioned the house in Plano, Illinois, in 1945 as a getaway where she could pursue her hobbies, relax and enjoy nature.

Her relationship with van der Rohe began as friendly, and allegedly romantic, but their partnership soured and resulted in a court battle over construction costs of the house.

Farnsworth House is considered an important example of the international style and one of van der Rohe’s most revered works.

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