The final part of Heinz Emigholz’s "Streetscapes" series is again a triptych. A prologue examines three buildings from the 1930s designed by Julio Vilamajó in Montevideo which could have inspired the work of Eladio Dieste, the subject of the main part of the film. The industrial and functional buildings presented span the period from 1955 to 1994; their organic brick construction is astonishing and inspiring. Emigholz’s camera gives itself over to the elegantly curved lines, revelling in the buoyant, graceful shell architecture, which lets both air and light pass through, while also examining its surroundings to discover parallels in nature. Then the camera makes its way in turn through dismal, rubbish-strewn industrial areas to cathedral-like factory halls that house eerie mountains of unidentified substances.
The epilogue “Dieste [Spain]” presents later buildings designed by the architect, who died in 2000, smaller-scale copies of his larger church buildings. Closed off and compact, they come across like caricatures, out of place in the foreign setting. They form a sobering footnote that only illustrates the uniqueness of successful architecture all the more vividly.
Documentary form95 min · Colour
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