ArCH Film Festival at HCAF
Gottfried Böhm is widely regarded as Germany’s preeminent architect. The son of a master builder of churches, he is the patriarch of a modern architecture dynasty, to which his three sons, Stephan, Peter and Paul, now belong. By realizing prominent buildings of their own, the Böhm brothers have managed to step out of the shadow of their famous father. However, the ongoing crisis in the German construction industry, among other things, has stoked the fires of competition between them.
With the death of Gottfried’s wife Elisabeth, also an architect and a key source of inspiration for all four Böhms, the family loses its emotional center. Can the fragile architecture of the family business be a viable model for the future? Winner of the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, Staerkle-Drux’s film is a multi-layered and nuanced portrait of life, love, art, and architecture.
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.
– Holly Giermann, ArchDaily
Directed by Maurizius Staerkle-Drux
Cinematography by Raphael Beinder
Editing by Anika Simon
Music by Jonas Buehler
Cast: Gottfried Böhm, Stephan Böhm, Peter Böhm, Paul Böhm
Running time: 85 mins