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Concrete Love: The Architecture of the Böhm Family
A film by Maurizius Staerkle Drux

88 minutes, documentary, color, German w/ English subtitles, 2016

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Synopsis

Pritzker Prize laureate Gottfried Böhm is widely regarded as Germany's preeminent architect. The son of a master builder of churches, he's also the patriarch of a modern architecture dynasty to which his three sons, Stephan, Peter and Paul, belong. But with the death of Gottfried's wife Elisabeth, also an architect and a key source of inspiration for all the Böhm builders, the family loses its emotional lodestone.

Concrete Love "tells a multi-layered tale of love, the passion for architecture and four generations of German history. With sensitive observations, intimate interviews and stirring filmic explorations of an extraordinary architectural legacy, the film creates a lasting impression of the buildings and the people" (Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize Jury).


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Reviews

"An extraordinary sensory portrait, both intimate and immaculate in design. It achieves a sense of wonder for our modern world that few films can match." - Screen Anarchy

"This is a film about architecture but especially about life and about the burden of inheritance. It is liberating and elegant." - Cineuropa

"A fascinating look at the history and intergenerational dynamics of this hugely influential clan. Director Maurizius Staerkle-Drux, who lived with the Böhms for two years, was able to discover the personal behind the smooth façades, providing a window into how architects' emotions are expressed through their huge constructions." - Hamburg Review


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