|Concrete Love: The Architecture of the Böhm Family
A film by Maurizius Staerkle Drux
88 minutes, documentary, color, German w/ English subtitles, 2016
Pritzker Prize laureate Gottfried Böhm is widely regarded as Germany's preeminent architect. The son of a master builder of churches, he's also the patriarch of a modern architecture dynasty to which his three sons, Stephan, Peter and Paul, belong. But with the death of Gottfried's wife Elisabeth, also an architect and a key source of inspiration for all the Böhm builders, the family loses its emotional lodestone.
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"An extraordinary sensory portrait, both intimate and immaculate in design. It achieves a sense of wonder for our modern world that few films can match." - Screen Anarchy
"This is a film about architecture but especially about life and about the burden of inheritance. It is liberating and elegant." - Cineuropa
"A fascinating look at the history and intergenerational dynamics of this hugely influential clan. Director Maurizius Staerkle-Drux, who lived with the Böhms for two years, was able to discover the personal behind the smooth façades, providing a window into how architects' emotions are expressed through their huge constructions." - Hamburg Review