A film director confides in his interlocutor. He talks about the working process, about creative blocks, about artistic crises and expressive forces. At some point, the idea takes hold that this conversation could be turned into a film. And this is the very film we’re watching the two of them in.
The screenplay for the feature Streetscapes [Dialogue] focuses on the essential questions of filmmaking and is based on a five-day analytical marathon that Heinz Emigholz undertook with trauma specialist Zohar Rubinstein. Their re-enacted exchange becomes the key not only to the Streetscapes series, but also to the director’s entire oeuvre, which is largely dedicated to the experience of architecture.
In and around buildings by Julio Vilamajó, Eladio Dieste and finally Arno Brandlhuber, John Erdman plays the director and Jonathan Perel the analyst. They discuss breakdowns, breakthroughs and the mediating effect of the camera, they sift through the artist’s childhood for clues. The architectonic backdrops ensure that the subject is always present. In this playful film, Emigholz achieves something his work has long sought to do: to give equal weighting to both foreground and background.
132’ · Colour
John ErdmanJonathan PerelNatja Brunckhorst
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