The Airstrip - Decampment of Modernism, Part III

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    The Airstrip - Decampment of Modernism, Part III

    The Airstrip - Aufbruch der Moderne, Teil III

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    Germany

    2013

    108 min

    • German

    Documentary

    In the 21st part of his Photography and beyond series, Heinz Emigholz projects as usual a series of structures into our brains and from there on to the screen: Airports, motorways and bus stops; department stores, market halls and warehouses; churches, cathedrals, sculptures and monuments. And a prison, a stadium, an embassy, a semi-detached house.
    These far-flung architectural works generate a frame story: the ephemeral, capitalistic, religiously melancholy and moralising world gets caught up in its own sense of purpose with far reaching consequences. Even after the atomic bomb is dropped, as narrated by a vaguely familiar voice, the viewer waits for the documentary framing of an architectural design. Yet this frame does not exist, perhaps it never even did. What we have before us is a flat screen, with the illustrations from advertising circulars floating across the image as proof. Front and back merge to form the actual spatial and temporal construction, whose architect is none other than the viewers themselves.
    As the final part of the series, THE AIRSTRIP offers no big finale of architectural film history, but rather a brilliant desert landscape full of unexpected new beginnings.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Natja Brunckhorst
    Ueli Etter
    Screenplay
    Heinz Emigholz
    Cinematography
    Heinz Emigholz
    Editing
    Heinz Emigholz
    Till Beckmann
    Music
    Kreidler
    Alex Paulick
    Thomas Klein
    Andreas Reihse
    Detlef Weinrich
    Production
    FILMGALERIE 451
    Production
    WDR
    Heinz  Emigholz

    Heinz Emigholz

    Germany

    Heinz Emigholz was born in Achim, Germany, and studied in Hamburg. He is a filmmaker, visual artist and cinematographer. His films include the series SCHENEC-TADY (73–75), THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP (83–04), SULLIVAN'S BANKS (99), GOFF IN THE DESERT (03), SCHINDLER'S HOUSES (07), PARABETON-PIER LUIGI NERVI AND ROMAN CONCRETE (12) and PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA (12). His latest film YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION (2019) was presented in Berlin IFF.

    Selected Filmography