The ‘Casa do Povo’ cultural centre in São Paulo, an icon of the secular Jewish workers’ movement: a crumbling theatre flanked by staircases, entryways and corridors. Construction noise drones away in the background, clinking crockery, a broom sweeping over tiled floors, an expressive façade of countless adjustable panes of glass covered by a patina. It’s October 2016 and a group of young people are preparing a preview of Bickels [Socialism]. The venue is to form a prologue to the completed film, which tours 22 buildings in Israel designed by Samuel Bickels, most of which for kibbutzim. Dining halls, children’s houses, agricultural buildings, bright structures inserted into the Mediterranean landscape with great ingenuity. An architecture with a sell-by date: That many are now empty or have been repurposed at best is linked to the decline of the socialist ideals they embody.
Paintings by Jewish artist Meir Axelrod from the Crimea in the 1930s form the epilogue. It tells the tragic story of the Vio Nova kibbutz, which first foundered under the British Mandate in Palestine and later fell victim to Stalinism, before being liquidated entirely under the German occupation.
Germany / Israel 2017
Documentary form92’ · Colour
Heinz Emigholz, born in 1948 in Achim, near Bremen, Germany. Since 1973 he has worked as a freelance filmmaker, artist, writer, cinematographer, producer, and journalist.Filmography (selection)
1973 Schenec-Tady I; 27 min., Forum 1975 1974 Arrowplane; 24 min., Forum 1974 · Tide; 33 min., Forum 1976 1976 Hotel; 27 min., Forum 1976 1981 Normalsatz; 105 min., Forum 1982 1985 Die Basis des Make-Up; 85 min. 1987 Die Wiese der Sachen (The Meadow of Things); 87 min., Panorama 1988, Forum Expanded 2016 1999 Maillarts Brücken (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 3) (Maillart's Bridges); 24 min., Forum 2001 2003 Goff in der Wüste (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 7) (Goff in the Desert); 110 min., Forum 2003 2005 D’Annunzios Höhle (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 8) (D'Annunzio's Cave); 60 min., Forum 2005 2008 Loos ornamental (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 13); 72 min., Forum 2008 2012 Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi und römischer Beton (Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete ); 100 min., Forum 2012 · Perret in Frankreich and Algerien (Perret in France and Algeria); 110 min. 2014 The Airstrip – Aufbruch der Moderne, Teil III (The Airstrip – Decampment of Modernism, Part III); 108 min., Forum 2014 2015 Le Corbusier [IIIII] Asger Jorn [Relief]; 29 min., Forum Expanded 2016 2017 2+2=22 [The Alphabet]; 88 min., Forum 2017 · Bickels [Socialism]; 92 min., Forum 2017 · Streetscapes [Dialogue]; 132 min., Forum 2017 · Dieste [Uruguay]; 95 min., Forum 2017 2018 Two Basilicas; 36 min., Forum Expanded 2018 2019 Years of Construction
Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019