4 OCT // SUNDAY // FÓRUM LISBOA // 5.15pm
Last Exit Alexanderplatz
Hans Christian Post
2015 // Germany // 56’
Last Exit Alexanderplatz is a film about the ongoing, but politically disputed and so far unsuccessful attempt to transform the former East-German Alexanderplatz into a high-end, Manhattan-like business district. Through interviews with the architects and politicians, who were involved in the competition held for the square in 1993, the film highlights the dogmatism and insensitivity that characterized much of planning in post-reunification Berlin. But it also depicts a square, which despite the failures and missed opportunities of the 1990s, seems to have regained its foothold in the city.
Hans Christian Post is a postdoc at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen, where he among other subjects teaches architecture, city planning and filmmaking. In 2011 he wrote and defended a PhD on the master plan competition for Berlin’s Alexanderplatz in 1993. Prior to that he worked for two years as a researcher, scriptwriter and production leader for the documentary film company WTS-mixedmedia in Berlin. Last Exit Alexanderplatz is the first documentary film, which he has directed.