Schlachthäuser der Moderne

Filmstill Slaughterhouses of Modernity

Slaughterhouses of Modernity

Schlachthäuser der Moderne
Heinz Emigholz
German Competition
Documentary Film
Germany
2022
80 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English
German premiere

An Argentinean builder who has built council halls, cemetery gates and abattoirs in the pampa as if from a modernist assembly line. Then a Bolivian architect, whose gaudy functional buildings in the highland defy description and imagination. Last, but not least, a new old palace in the middle of Berlin. Connections are plentiful, none of them edifying. Heinz Emigholz uses them for a pamphlet against stylistic amnesia and historical falsification.

The first film in Heinz Emigholz’s series “Photography and beyond” was released in 1983 and, including the two works screened by DOK Leipzig this year in the Camera Lucida section, there are now 35. But although “Slaughterhouses of Modernity” uses a number of sequences from the other two works, it has little in common with them in terms of form and ductus. While the aforementioned rather minimalist films do without commentary and partly without inserts, this one is characterised by its edgy monologues and courageous use of stylistic inconsistencies. Polemics and black humour are not unusual in Emigholz’s universe. But one has never seen him spoiling for a fight as gleefully as in this complex exploration of German history and its ugly manifestations. Not so much a late work as a new departure.

Christoph Terhechte

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18.10.
#213
CineStar 2
Schlachthäuser der Moderne
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18.10.2022
CineStar 2
#213
Schlachthäuser der Moderne
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19.10.
#3B2
Cinémathèque
Schlachthäuser der Moderne
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19.10.2022
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#3B2
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23.10.
#731
CineStar 5
Schlachthäuser der Moderne
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23.10.2022
CineStar 5
#731
Schlachthäuser der Moderne
No discount needed - costs 6,50€ in general
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Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Heinz Emigholz
Frieder Schlaich
Irene von Alberti
Rolf Bergmann
Frieder Schlaich
Angel Cordero Siles
Till Beckmann
Heinz Emigholz
Heinz Emigholz
Till Beckmann
Kiev Stingl
Esteban Bellotto
Rainer Gerlach
Christian Obermaier
Jochen Jezussek
Heinz Emigholz
Susanne Bredehöft
Heinz Emigholz
Kiev Stingl
Stefan Kolosko
Arno Brandlhuber

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