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Berlin Babylon

Berlin Babylon

Berlin after the Wall came down. Observations on radical reconstruction of a city core. Images of the conflict between the thirst for demolition and the hunger for completion. Edited into a documentary vision.
Since the Wall fell in 1989, the German capital has been trying to overcome its catastrophic past, to restore the urban fabric destroyed in the 20th century, to build as if life depended on it, and to cast off the shadows of yesterday's darkness. The film shows fascinating images of a city in transition. It is the drama of real estate, of money and power. Prominent architects, developers, politicians and urban planners are seen at work.
No interviews, no statements. The music provides the commentary. The Babylonian fable of civilization, of the violence of construction, lives on in reunited Berlin. The upheaval turns to stone.


Hubertus Siegert is active as a producer, writer and director. In addition to numerous short films, his films include: the documentaries BERLIN BABYLON (2001), KLASSENLEBEN (2004), 24 H BERLIN (2009), 24 H JERUSALEM (2013), and BEYOND PUNISHMENT (2015).
Genre Educational, History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1996
Director Hubertus Siegert
Screenplay Hubertus Siegert
Cinematography Ralf K. Dobrick, Thomas Plenert
Peter Przygodda, Anne Schnee
Einstuerzende Neubauten
Cast Rem Koolhaas, Renzo Piano, Helmut Jahn, Ieoh Ming Pei, Guenter Behnisch, Josef P. Kleihues, Axel Schultes, Angela Winkler
Producer Hubertus Siegert
Production Company S.U.M.O. Film/Berlin, in co-production with Philip Gröning Filmproduktion/Düsseldorf
Length 88 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Berlin 2001 (Panorama)
With backing from Filmbuero NW
German Distributor Piffl Medien/Berlin

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