Berlin Babylon (2001)

The decade of Berlin after the Wall collapsed, is a one-of-a-kind phenomenon. 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 2nd World War and afterwards, to rebuild as if life depended on it and cast off the shadows of yesterday’s darkness.

The BERLIN BABYLON shows the concentration of construction in the 1990s, images of a city in transition, the fascination of rapid change, the horrors of destruction, the spell cast by the void. It is the drama of real estate, of money and power.

The people who appear in BERLIN BABYLON include those who build and those who hire others to build. The film uses fantastic images to show the contrasts of the city and the protagonists of hasty transformation. Prominent architects, developers, politicians and urban planners are seen at work. No interviews, no statements. The music provides the commentary. BERLIN BABYLON is a unique document and a must-see for absolutely every Berlin visitor.

Release date:27. September 2001 (Germany)
Language:German (with English subtitles available also en français y español)
Runtime:88 min
Written, directed & produced by:Hubertus Siegert
Director of photography:Ralf K. Dobrick, Thomas Plenert
Editing:Peter Przygodda, Anne Schnee
Music:Einstürzende Neubauten, produced by E.N. & Boris Wilsdorf
Produced by:S.U.M.O. Film in co-production with Philip-Gröning-Filmproduktion
World Sales:S.U.M.O. Film (all media) and good movies! ((DVD, Germany)
Funded by:Filmboard Berlin Brandenburg GmbH and Filmbüro NW e.V.
Sound mix:Dolby Digital
Color:Black and White | Color
Aspect ratio:1.85 : 1
Negative format:35 mm
Cinematographic process:Spherical
Printed film format:35 mm
Cast:Günter Behnisch, Werner Durth, Helmut Jahn, Josef Paul Kleihues, Hans Kollhoff, Rem Koolhaas, I.M. Pei, Renzo Piano, Axel Schultes, Angela Winkler
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