2016Programme

20 April l Australian Premiere of “Concrete Love: The Böhm Family”

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Australian Premiere

Film: Concrete Love: The Böhm Family

2014, Dir. Maurizius Staerkle-Drux, 88 mins, German with English subtitles

“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 outstanding prominent buildings of their own, the Böhm children have managed to step out of the shadow of their famous father. But the ongoing crisis in the German construction industry, among other things, has stoked the fires of competition between the brothers.

Gottfried, now 94, still contributes daily to the work on current planning and construction projects. With the death of his wife Elisabeth, also an architect and a key source of inspiration for all four Böhms, the family loses its emotional balance. Can the fragile architecture of the family business a viable model for the future? The film paints an intimate and pointed portrait of the complexity and inseparability of life, love, faith, art and architecture.”

STATEMENT BY THE DIRECTOR

“A connection between my relatives in Cologne and the Böhms meant that I already had a long-standing friendship with the Böhm family. I saw in Gottfried Böhm a formidable artist full of youthful curiosity – a contemporary in spirit despite the great disparity in our ages. From the very beginning I was interested in the way the Böhms meld family with work life almost seamlessly. For a span of over two years I lived with the Böhms in Cologne while I shot the film. I wanted to explore the personal aspects that lie behind the façades of the buildings and to show that these mighty constructions also express emotions.” – Maurizius Staerkle Drux

Trailer HERE

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Print courtesy of the Goethe Institut Australia. Image courtesy of the LICHTBLICK FILM.

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Typology

Typology

2014, Dir. Conner Griffith, 1:01mins.

A series of projected photographs taken by Bernd and Hilla Becher during the mid-20th century, particularly factories’ architecture across Germany.

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Guest Speaker: Hamish Lyon

Hamish is the principal of NH Architecture. He leads the firm’s design thinking and direction. He is involved in projects of all scales within the office and is responsible for co-ordinating the design continuity within the overall NH Architecture studio.

Hamish actively engages in the public debate about architecture by teaching, speaking at forums and writing for journals. His commitment to being an advocate for architecture has been recognised by being voted as one of Melbourne’s top 100 most influential people in The Age’s 2009poll.

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Booking

  • Subscribers’ booking for individual sessions is free and will be opened two weeks prior to the scheduled screening date. Booking in advance is essential as capacity is strictly limited.
  • Availability of guest bookings will be announced on our Booking page and our social media outlets.

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Season Sponsor

 Avenue Bookstore

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Clare Cousins Architects

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Season Supporter

MGS Architects

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