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Slaughterhouses of Modernity
Schlachthäuser der Moderne
The quasi-fascist architecture of Francisco Salamone’s slaughterhouses in the Argentine pampas, the utopian buildings by Freddy Mamani Silvestre in El Alto, Bolivia, and the restorative “City Palace” in Berlin are the cornerstones of an analytical documentary film that explores the dual character of architectural modernism in the field of tension between avant-garde and political propaganda. Heinz Emigholz returns with an alternately mournful and sly treatise on how the presence—and, in some cases, absence—of municipal and communal building architecture is inseparable from capitalist ideology. The film demonstrates the effect of capital on public spaces, where creation and destruction go hand in hand, and as always, Emigholz makes the journey one of intellectual force and cinematic beauty.
Heinz Emigholz was born in Achim, Germany, in 1948. He trained as an illustrator and also studied Philosophy and Literature in Hamburg. He started filming in 1968, and since 1973, he has been working as a filmmaker, artist, writer and producer, both in his country and the US. He is a member of Berlin’s Academy of Arts since 2013.
G: Heinz Emigholz
F, E: Heinz Emigholz, Till Beckmann
DA: Ueli Etter
S: Christian Obermaier, Jochen Jezussek, Esteban Bellotto, Rainer Gerlach, Ueli Etter, Markus Ruff
P: Frieder Schlaich, Irene von Alberti
CP: Filmgalerie 451, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
I: Stefan Kolosko, Arno Brandlhuber / Voices: John Erdman, Heinz Emigholz, Kiev Stingl