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Die Letzte Stadt

100 min.
Year of Production:
John Erdman
Jonathan Perel
Young Sun Han
Dorothy Ko
Susanne Sachsse
Laurean Wagner
Production Company:
Filmgalerie 451 Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

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.

BIOGRAFIE Heinz Emigholz

Heinz Emigholz was born in 1948 in Achim, near Bremen. Since 1973, he has worked as a freelance filmmaker, artist, writer, cinematographer, producer, and journalist. In 1974, he began an encyclopaedic series of drawings, Die Basis des Make-Up. In 1978, he founded his own production company, Pym Films. In 1984, he began a film series called Photographie und jenseits/Photography and beyond. From 1993 to 2013, he held a professorship in experimental filmmaking at the Berlin University of the Arts, where he is a co-founder of the Institute for Time-Based Media and the university’s art and media course. Since 2012 he has been a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin. 

FILMOGRAFIE Heinz Emigholz (selection)

2020 Die Letzte Stadt  2017 Streetscapes  1987 Die Wiese der Sachen  1983 The Basis of Make-Up I  1982 Normalsatz 

Heinz Emigholz @IMDb
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