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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 buildings of their own, the sons 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 be a viable model for the future?

Maurizius Staerkle Drux was born in 1988 in Cologne and grew up in Zurich. Influenced by his parents – his mother performs in her own satirical revues and his father is a comedian and mime artist – he moves between the worlds of language and images, which come together in film. Since graduating from the Zurich University of the Arts he has worked as a documentary filmmaker and sound designer. His films include: PARADEPLATZ (short, 2009), MIT LIED UND LEID (short doc, 2010), ZWISCHEN INSELN (doc, 2011), WENN DER VORHANG FÄLLT (short doc, 2013), and his feature-length debut CONCRETE LOVE (doc, 2014).
Genre Art, Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2014
Director Maurizius Staerkle Drux
Screenplay Maurizius Staerkle Drux
Cinematography Raphael Beinder
Producer Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
Co-Producers Lisa Blatter, Jan Gassmann
Production Company Lichtblick Film, in co-production with 2:1 Film, WDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk
Length 88 min
Format DCP, color, b&w, 1:1.85
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals DOK Leipzig 2014, Max-Ophüls-Prize Festival Saarbrücken 2015, Solothurn 2015, Slamdance 2015, Dallas 2015, FIFA Montreal 2015, Chicago 2015
Awards Documentary Award of the Goethe-Institut DOK Leipzig 2014, Jury Award FIFA Montreal 2015
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund, BAK, Zürcher Filmstiftung, Alexis Victor Thalberg Stiftung

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