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Years of Construction

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The film begins with the sound of water. A building site on the other side of the Rhine: Block 9 of Mannheim Power Station. The opening was planned for 2013.
Years of Construction follows the demolition and reconstruction of part of the Kunsthalle Mannheim between 2013 and 2018. Starting from the fountains in the Friedrichsplatz opposite, Emigholz’s camera approaches the building complex. A passage leads from the imposing Jugendstil edifice to the 1983 extension by Hans Mitzlaff; the sculptures it was built for seem to be trying to find their place in a space not big enough for them. The architecture isn’t suitable for paintings: it casts light and shadow according to its own whims. In between, Emigholz shows streets that cross at right angles, bridges and overpasses, the city of Mannheim. References to the vision of architects Gerkan, Marg and Partners: after the demolition and construction phase, a complex of cubes, passages and terraces appears and forms an interior. A stone and a clock swing through the air: “The Moving Emptiness of the Moment” is the name of the installation. Metal meshing holds the new Kunsthalle – a mighty cube when seen from the outside – firmly in its grip.

Heinz Emigholz

Germany 2019

Without dialogue

Documentary form
93’ · Colour

World premiere


Written and directed by
Heinz Emigholz
Director of Photography
Till Beckmann, Heinz Emigholz
Till Beckmann, Heinz Emigholz
Sound Design
Christian Obermeier, Jochen Jezussek
Till Beckmann
Heinz Emigholz, Heinz Emigholz Filmproduktion, Ulrike Lorenz, Kunsthalle Mannheim


Heinz Emigholz

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

Produced by

Heinz Emigholz Filmproduktion

Kunsthalle Mannheim