Week 12: 28 August – 3 September

Arquiteturas team believes this break is a great opportunity to look back at the festival’s last seven editions and provide viewers staying indoors worldwide with a selected retrospective of free streaming films. Each film will be released every Friday, running until next year’s edition, and can be viewed for one week. This initiative aims to provide visibility to the films and the makers and their contribution to initiating great discussions through their build environment stories. A live Q&A with the filmmakers, producers or authors will be announced whenever this is made possible, via the festival’s Instagram and FB pages.

THE FREE STREAMING IS AVAILABLE BELOW AND IN PORTUGAL ONLY FROM 28 August – 3 September

LIVE INSTAGRAM WITH MAURIZIUS STAERKLE-DRUX 31 AUGUST 7PM (GMT+2)

Concrete Love The Boehm-Family ARQUITETURAS’15 AUDIENCE AWARD Maurizius Staerkle-Drux, Germany / Switzerland, 2014, 85’

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 und Paul now belong. By realizing outstanding prominent buildings of their own, the Böhm fils 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 lodestone. 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 OF 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.”

AWARDS

*GOETHE FILM PRIZE, INT. FILMFESTIVAL LEIPZIG
*JURY AWARD, INT. FILMFESTIVAL SUR L´ART MONTREAL
*BEST DIRECTOR, SICHUAN FILM FESTIVAL CHINA
*AUDIENCE AWARD, ARQUITETURAS FILM FESTIVAL LISBON
*JURY AWARD, INT. FILMFESTIVAL ISTANBUL
*BEST FILM, BOZNER FILMTAGE ITALY
*SPECIAL MENTION, MAX OPHÜLS PREIS GERMANY
*NOMINATED FOR LOLA, GERMAN FILM AWARD
*NOMINATED FOR PRIX DE SOLEURE, SWITZERLAND