Description

English: Last Exit Alexanderplatz is a film about the ongoing, but politically disputed and so far unsuccessful attempt to transform the former East-German Alexanderplatz into a high-end, Manhattan-like business district. Through interviews with the architects and politicians, who were involved in the competition held for the square in 1993, the film highlights the dogmatism and insensitivity that characterized much of planning in post-reunification Berlin. But it also depicts a square, which despite the failures and missed opportunities of the 1990s seems to have regained its foothold in the city.

Deutsch: Seit mehr als 20 Jahren wird über den Alexanderplatz gestritten. 1993 wurde das größte Bauvorhaben der Nachwendejahre verabschiedet. Umringt von 13 Türmen, sollte das ehemalige Zentrum Ost zur neuen Stadt-Krone der wiedervereinigten Stadt werden. Dazu ist es bisher nicht gekommen. Doch den Investoren zufolge kann es jederzeit losgehen: Die Türme werden noch kommen. Wäre dies wünschenswert? Oder sollte es eher darum gehen, die Qualitäten dessen, was schon einmal da ist, zu erkennen und städtebaulich zu fördern?

Credits

Cast
Dr. Bruno Flierl, Bodo Fuhrmann, Dr. Volker Hassemer, Michael Kny, Hans Kollhoff, Manfred Kühne, Daniel Libeskind, Rudolf Stegers, Dr. Hans Stimmann

Directed by
Hans Christian Post

Produced by
Hans Christian Post, Michael Truckenbrodt

Cinematography by
Uwe Bohrer, Erik Krambeck, Hans Christian Post

Editing by
Karoline Schulz

Sound design by
Helen Neikes

Animations by
Paul Blotzki, Gunter Rubin

Music by
Mitch & Mitch with their Incredible Combo, Kristian Due Marstal, Mikkel Benn, Hans Christian Post

Funded by
Danish Arts Foundation, Faculties of Humanities, University of Copenhagen

Cees van Oord, Nanne de Ru, Morgan Rusler

Adreas Diepeveen, Katharina Hagg, Manuel Krüger, Henrik Moltke, Tarja Nurmi, Hendrik Jan de Ru, Beate Rosskopf, Martin Glaz Serup,
Christine Strandmose Toft, Agnes Wazola

Festivals and screenings

2015
AFFL – Architecture Film Festival Lisbon, Portugal
AFFR – Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Duisburger Filmwoche, Germany
Film und Wein – Nürnberg, Germany

2016
Architecture Film Days Budapest, Hungary
CAFx – Copenhagen Architecture Film Festival, Denmark
Achtung Berlin, Germany
DocAviv – Tel Aviv, Israel
Architektur + Film – Erfurt, Germany
Moscow Urban Forum, Russia
Docu.Text-Festival – Jerusalem, Israel
MDFF – Milano Design Film Festival, Italy
EkoFilm – Brno, Czech Republic
Archfilmfest – Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Film Festival, Turkey
ArchFilmLund – Lund, Sweden
ArchFilmSthlm – Stockholm, Sweden

2017
ARCHITEKTURbewegungULM 10 – Ulm, Germany
Arkitekturfilm Oslo, Norway
Architekturfilmtage – Wolfsburg, Germany
FICARQ – El Festival Internacional de Cine y Arquitectura, Santander, Spain
FECCIARQ – Film, City and Architecture Festival Nicaragua
Rethinking Modernity – Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
Warszawa w budowie Festival – Warsaw, Poland

2018
Valentiny Foundation, Luxembourg
Il Cinema del Carbone – Mantova, Italy
Danish-German Society – Copenhagen, Denmark
4City Lab – Odessa, Ukraine
Cinetekton, Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza, Mexico
FA Festival – Brno, Czech Republic
FA Festival – Olomouc, Czech Republic
FA Festival – Prague, Czech Republic
Tbilisi Architecture Biennial – Tbilisi, Georgia

2019
GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst – Leipzig, Germany

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