MENDELSOHN'S INCESSANT VISIONS
Documentary | Israel, Germany | 2011 | 71 min
Hebrew, German | Subtitles: French, English, German
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
selected festivals & screenings
Festival International du Livre d'Art et du Film
DocumentaryEdge Film Festival
ICONS & HEROES
DU FILM SUR L'ART
ICONS & HEROES
FILAF d'OR 2012