Die letzte Stadt

The Last City
An archaeologist and a weapons designer, who knew each other in a previous life as a filmmaker and a psychoanalyst, meet at an excavation site in the Negev desert and begin a conversation about love and war, which they continue in the Israeli city of Be’er Sheva. A series of encounters with alternating actors in different roles ensues, which leads the viewer through the cities of Athens, Berlin, Hong Kong and São Paulo. Among those appearing are: an old artist who meets his younger self; a mother who lives with her two grown-up sons, a priest and a policeman; a Chinese and a Japanese woman; a curator and a cosmologist. The protagonists’ dialogues revolve around social taboos that have become obsolete, generational conflicts, war guilt and cosmologies. The architecture of these five cities serves as a third interlocutor in the protagonists’ conversations and completes their philosophical and metaphysical journeys.
by Heinz Emigholz
With John Erdman, Jonathan Perel, Young Sun Han, Dorothy Ko, Susanne Sachsse, Laurean Wagner
Germany 2020 English 100’ Colour, 4K DCP World premiere

With

  • John Erdman (Archaeologist/Artist)
  • Jonathan Perel (Weapon Designer/Cosmologist)
  • Young Sun Han (Young Man/Priest)
  • Dorothy Ko (Mother/Chinese Woman)
  • Susanne Sachsse (“Japanese” Woman, Curator)
  • Laurean Wagner (Policeman)

Crew

Written and directed byHeinz Emigholz
CinematographyHeinz Emigholz, Till Beckmann
EditingHeinz Emigholz, Till Beckmann
MusicKreidler, Alexander Paulick, Andreas Reihse
Sound DesignChristian Obermaier
SoundMarkus Ruff
Sound MixingJochen Jezussek
Production DesignUeli Etter
Make-upBeto França, Andy Tse, Kyriaki Melidou, Matheus Gadelha
Production ManagersJulia M. Müller, Bin Chuen Choi, Cássio Brasil, Katerina Thanopoulou, Itamar Luria
ProducersFrieder Schlaich, Irene von Alberti

Produced by

Filmgalerie 451

Berlin, Germany

+49 30 33982800

www.filmgalerie451.de/ www.filmgalerie451.de/

World sales

Filmgalerie 451

Berlin, Germany

+49 30 33982800

www.filmgalerie451.de/ www.filmgalerie451.de/

Heinz Emigholz

Born in Achim, near Bremen, Germany in 1948. He has worked as a filmmaker, artist, writer, cinematographer, producer and journalist in Germany and the USA since 1973. In 1974, he began an encyclopedic series of drawings, “Die Basis des Make-Up”, which was the subject of a major exhibition in the Hamburger Bahnhof gallery in Berlin in 2007/08. In 1984, he embarked on the “Photography and Beyond” film series. From 1993 to 2013, he was professor of experimental filmmaking at the Berlin University of the Arts where he also co-founded the Institute for Time-Based Media and the art and media course. He has been a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin since 2013.

Filmography (selection)

1973 Schenec-Tady I; 27 min., Forum 1975 · Schenec-Tady I; Short film · Schenec-Tady II; Short film 1974 Arrowplane; 24 min., Forum 1974 · Arrowplane; Short film · Tide; 33 min., Forum 1976 · Tide; Short film 1975 Schenec-Tady III; Short film 1976 Hotel; Short film · Hotel; 27 min., Forum 1976 1977 Demon – Die Übersetzung von Stéphane Mallarmés Le Demon de l’Analogie (Demon - The Translation of Stéphane Mallarmé´`s The Demon of Analogy); Short film 1981 Normalsatz · Normalsatz; 105 min., Forum 1982 1983 The Basis of Make-Up I (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 1); Short film 1985 Die Basis des Make-Up (The Basis of Make-Up) · Die Basis des Make-Up; 85 min. 1987 Die Wiese der Sachen (The Meadow of Things) · Die Wiese der Sachen (The Meadow of Things); 87 min., Panorama 1988, Forum Expanded 2016 1991 Der Zynische Körper (The Holy Bunch) 1999 Sullivans Banken (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 2) (Sullivan's Banks); Short film · Maillarts Brücken (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 3) (Maillart's Bridges); 24 min., Forum 2001 · Maillarts Brücken (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 3) (Maillart's Bridges); Short film 2000 The Basis of Make-Up II (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 4); Short film 2003 Goff in der Wüste (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 7) (Goff in the Desert); 110 min., Forum 2003 · Goff in der Wüste (Goff in the Desert) 2004 The Basis of Make-Up III (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 9); Short film 2005 D’Annunzios Höhle (D'Annunzio's Cave) · D’Annunzios Höhle (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 8) (D'Annunzio's Cave); 60 min., Forum 2005 2007 Schindlers Häuser (Schindler's Houses) 2008 Loos ornamental (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 13); 72 min., Forum 2008 · Loos ornamental · Ornament und Verbrechen von Adolf Loos (Ornament and Crime by Adolf Loos); co-directed by Benjamin Krieg 2009 Sense of Architecture 2011 Eine Serie von Gedanken (A Series of Thoughts) 2012 Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi und römischer Beton (Parabeton - Pier Luigi Nervi an Roman Concrete) · Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi und römischer Beton (Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete
); 100 min., Forum 2012 · Auguste Perret in Frankreich und Algerien (Auguste Perret in France and Algeria) · 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 · The Airstrip 2015 Le Corbusier [IIIII] Asger Jorn [Relief]; 29 min., Forum Expanded 2016 · Le Corbusier [IIIII] Asger Jorn [Relief]; Short film 2017 2+2=22 [The Alphabet]; 88 min., Forum 2017 · 2+2=22 [The Alphabet] · Bickels [Socialism]; 92 min., Forum 2017 · Bickels [Socialism] · Streetscapes [Dialogue]; 132 min., Forum 2017 · Streetscapes [Dialogue] · Dieste [Uruguay]; 95 min., Forum 2017 · Dieste [Uruguay] 2018 Two Basilicas; 36 min., Forum Expanded 2018 · Two Basilicas; Short film 2019 Years of Construction · Years of Construction 2020 Die letzte Stadt (The Last City)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020