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Concrete Love

2014 DOK Leipzig, Doc German Competition
Germany, Switzerland | 2014 | 85 min. | English, German | English subtitles | World Premiere
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Concrete Love | Die Böhms – Architektur einer Familie

Gottfried Böhm is one of the most important contemporary German architects. His fame is based on the creation of sculptural buildings of concrete, steel and glass, some of which are counted among the architectural icons of the 20th century. As the son of Dominikus Böhm, he is the patriarch of a dynasty of architects to which his sons Stephan, Peter and Paul Böhm have also belonged for a long time. 94 years old today, he still works daily on the development and construction designs of his office. When Gottfried Böhm’s wife Elisabeth, also an architect and the major source of inspiration for all four Böhms, died a few years ago, the family was robbed of its emotional centre.
Maurizius Staerkle-Drux investigates the Böhms’s various architectural universes with admirable visual sensitivity and at the same time traces the subtle differences between his protagonists’ image and self perception. The title of his film may be taken literally: it’s about the architecture of a family first and foremost, the portrait of a well-known family of architects later.
Ralph Eue
Original Title: Die Böhms – Architektur einer Familie
Country: Germany, Switzerland
Year: 2014
Language: English, German
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 85 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour and B&W
Director: Maurizius Staerkle-Drux
Producer: Carl-Ludwig Rettinger, Lisa Blatter
Cinematographer: Raphael Beinder
Editor: Anika Simon
Music: Jonas Buehler
Sound: Maurizius Staerkle-Drux
Script: Maurizius Staerkle-Drux
Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
Lichtblick Film- und Fernsehproduktion

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