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Dieste [Uruguay]

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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.

Heinz Emigholz

Germany 2017

Without dialogue

Documentary form
95 min · Colour


Written and directed by
Heinz Emigholz
Director of Photography
Heinz Emigholz, Till Beckmann
Heinz Emigholz, Till Beckmann
Sound Design
Christian Obermaier, Jochen Jezussek
Markus Ruff
Frieder Schlaich
Irene von Alberti


Heinz Emigholz

Born in 1948 in Achim, near Bremen. Since 1973, he has worked as a freelance filmmaker, artist, writer, cinematographer, producer, and journalist. From 1993 to 2013, he held a professorship in experimental filmmaking at the Berlin University of the Arts, where he co-founded 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; 27 min., Berlinale Forum 1975 1974 Arrowplane; 24 min., Berlinale Forum 1974 · Tide; 33 min., Berlinale Forum 1976 1976 Hotel; 27 min., Berlinale Forum 1976 1981 Normalsatz; 105 min., Berlinale Forum 1982 1985 Die Basis des Make-Up; 85 Min. 1987 Die Wiese der Sachen (The Meadow of Things); 87 min., Berlinale Panorama 1988 1999 Maillarts Brücken (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 3) (Maillart's Bridges); 24 min., Berlinale Forum 2001 2003 Goff in der Wüste (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 7) (Goff in the Desert); 110 min., Berlinale Forum 2003 2005 D’Annunzios Höhle (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 8) (D'Annunzio's Cave); 60 min., Berlinale Forum 2005 2008 Loos ornamental (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 13); 72 min., Berlinale Forum 2008 2012 Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi und römischer Beton (Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete
); 100 min., Berlinale 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., Berlinale Forum 2014 2015 Le Corbusier [IIIII] Asger Jorn [Relief]; 29 Min., Berlinale Forum Expanded 2016 2017 2+2=22 [The Alphabet] · Bickels [Socialism] · Streetscapes [Dialogue] · Dieste [Uruguay]

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