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 min · Colour
John ErdmanJonathan PerelNatja Brunckhorst
Heinz Emigholz was born in 1948 in Achim, near Bremen, Germany. Since 1973 he has worked as a freelance filmmaker, artist, writer, cinematographer, producer, and journalist. In 1974, he began an encyclopedic series of drawings, Die Basis des Make-Up, which was the subject of a major exhibition at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof museum in 2007/08. In 1978 he founded his own production company, Pym Films. In 1984, he began a film series called Photographie und jenseits / Photography and Beyond. From 1993 to 2013, he held a professorship in experimental filmmaking at the Berlin University of the Arts, where he is a co-founder of the Institute for Time-Based Media and the university’s art and media course. Since 2012 he has been a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.Filmography (selection)
1973 Schenec-Tady I 1974 Arrowplane · Tide 1976 Hotel 1981 Normalsatz 1985 Die Basis des Make-Up 1987 Die Wiese der Sachen (The Meadow of Things) 1999 Maillarts Brücken (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 3) (Maillart's Bridges) 2003 Goff in der Wüste (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 7) (Goff in the Desert) 2005 D’Annunzios Höhle (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 8) (D'Annunzio's Cave) 2008 Loos ornamental (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 13) 2012 Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi und römischer Beton (Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete ) · Perret in Frankreich and Algerien (Perret in France and Algeria) 2014 The Airstrip – Aufbruch der Moderne, Teil III (The Airstrip – Decampment of Modernism, Part III) 2015 Le Corbusier [IIIII] Asger Jorn [Relief] 2017 2+2=22 [The Alphabet] · Bickels [Socialism] · Streetscapes [Dialogue] · Dieste [Uruguay] 2018 Two Basilicas
Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018