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German Competition 2014
Die Böhms – Architektur einer Familie Maurizius Staerkle-Drux

Gottfried Böhm is “the boss”, the patriarch of an architects’ dynasty. But his wife’s death rocks the family’s very foundations. The meticulous exploration of a universe.

Die Böhms – Architektur einer Familie

Documentary Film
85 minutes

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Carl-Ludwig Rettinger, Lisa Blatter
Maurizius Staerkle-Drux
Jonas Buehler
Raphael Beinder
Anika Simon
Maurizius Staerkle-Drux
Maurizius Staerkle-Drux
Gottfried Böhm is one of the most important contemporary German architects. His fame is based on the creation of sculptural buildings of concrete, steel and glass, some of which are counted among the architectural icons of the 20th century. As the son of Dominikus Böhm, he is the patriarch of a dynasty of architects to which his sons Stephan, Peter and Paul Böhm have also belonged for a long time. 94 years old today, he still works daily on the development and construction designs of his office. When Gottfried Böhm’s wife Elisabeth, also an architect and the major source of inspiration for all four Böhms, died a few years ago, the family was robbed of its emotional centre.
Maurizius Staerkle-Drux investigates the Böhms’s various architectural universes with admirable visual sensitivity and at the same time traces the subtle differences between his protagonists’ image and self perception. The title of his film may be taken literally: it’s about the architecture of a family first and foremost, the portrait of a well-known family of architects later.

Ralph Eue

Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize 2014