Mendelsohn's Incessant Visions
This award-winning creative homage illuminates the life of German-Jewish Expressionist architect Erich Mendelsohn. The visionary Mendelsohn, a contemporary of Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe, produced works that have influenced generations of architects. His story unfolds through his correspondence with Louise, a beautiful young cellist, who became his wife.
Director Duki Dror gently breathes life into the correspondence between the two passionate artists who helped each other weather a turbulent time in history. Mendelsohn's career followed the jagged trajectory of many German-Jewish emigres fleeing Nazism; he worked in England, Israel and, finally, the US. Mendelsohn's drawings pulsate with energy and his buildings are stunning. His earlier work, the Einstein Tower, is one of the most important exemplars of modern architecture. Dror deftly juxtaposes the architect's original designs with contemporary images, weaving in reflections from architects and locals who use these unique buildings today - a testament to the integrity and timelessness of his visionary design.
Director // Duki Dror
Script // Galia Engelmayer Dror
Cinematography // Philippe Bellaiche
Editor // Chen Shelach
FILAF d'Or | Festival International du Livre d'Art et du Film, France | 2012
Best Documentary "Icons and Heroes" | DocumentaryEdge, New Zealand | 2012
Best Film | Istanbul International Architecture Film Festival, Turkey | 2012
Honorable Mention | Jerusalem International Film Festival | 2011
Festival International du Livre d'Art et du Film, France
DocumentaryEdge Film Festival, New Zealand and Australia
Moscow International Film Festival, Russia
New Orleans International Film Festival, US
St. Louis International Film Festival, US
Festival International du Film sur l'Art, Canada
Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel
A fascinating and thrilling cinematic interpretation of the life story of Erich and Louise ...
A story of bravery, genius, infidelity, triumph and tragedy
Not only a fascinating biography ... intimately reveals Mendelsohn's stunning work
A great film and not just for architecture buffs ... so well-made!