Description

English: Whose City? is a film about the transformation of Berlin from the somewhat run-down and neglected, but highly dynamic and flexible city of the 1990s to today’s ever-more chic and exclusive city. Several documentaries have in recent years been made on this issue. But where most of these films investigate the economic and political power relations in today’s urban planning, Whose City? instead moves back in time to the almost forgotten, but defining architectural disputes of the 1990s. With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rest of the Iron Curtain in 1989/1990, and the German unification in 1990, leading politicians and urban planners in Berlin became obsessed with questions of aesthetics and tradition in an attempt to normalize Berlin’s city scape. And according to the film, this helped pave the way for the ongoing neoliberal take-over of the city, since the fundamental question was no longer asked: Who are we building for?

The film represents a meditative journey through Berlin, from Potsdamer Platz in the West to Alexanderplatz in the East, and from the male-dominated conservative urban planning of the early 1990s to the more open-minded, women-led urban planning of today. Finally, the film constitutes a journey into the complexity and richness of urban planning. The arguments and viewpoints that have characterized the Berlin planning field since the early 1990s are listed one after the other, thereby gradually revealing the different issues that need to be considered, if we are to have a city for all.

The film ends in a happy mode. But the question remains, if Berlin will indeed overcome old and new divisions and become a city for all.

Deutsch: Die Mitte der Stadt luxuriös, der Palast der Republik zurückgebaut, der Tresor geschlossen. Wessen Stadt? geht vom Architekturstreit der 90er Jahre in Berlin aus und betrachtet seine Nachwirkungen. Der Regisseur spricht mit Architekten, Stadtplaner/innen, Entscheidern und Akteuren von damals und fragt heute, ob und wie die Stadt eine Stadt für alle bleiben kann.

Credits

Cast
Dr. Dorothee Dubrau, Dimitri Hegemann, Dr. Dieter Hoffmann-Axthelm, Dr. Gert Kähler, Dr. Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Daniel Libeskind, Regula Lüscher, Dr. Fritz Neumeyer, Philipp Oswalt, Florian Schmidt, Rudolf Stegers, Dr. Hans Stimmann, Robert Stumpf

Directed by
Hans Christian Post

Produced by
Hans Christian Post, Michael Truckenbrodt

Associate producers
Nanne de Ru, Niels de Ru

Cinematography by
Uwe Bohrer, Erik Krambeck, Hans Christian Post

Editing by
Karoline Schulz

Sound design by
Helen Neikes

Music by
Ars Sonor, Ars Sonor & Xxixi, Ars Sonor and Digital by Birth, Deltamorphon, et_, Jahzzar, The Black Square

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

Nanne de Ru, Niels de Ru

Sabine Deutrich, Tarja Nurmi, Morgan Rusler

Festivals and screenings

2017
ArchFilmLund, Sweden
AFFR – Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands
AFFL – Architecture Film Festival Lisbon, Portugal

2018
Architecture Film Days Budapest, Hungary
EPOS International Art Film Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel
Tilburg Architecture Film Festival, the Netherlands
Achtung Berlin Film Festival, Berlin, Germany
Copenhagen Architecture Film Festival – CAFx, Denmark
Budapest Architecture Film Days – Summer Edition, Hungary
MIASTO – Poznań, Poland
Architekturfilm Sommer Wien, Austria
Bibliothek findet Stadt – Stadt findet Bibliothek, AGB, Berlin
Arkitekturdagarna i Malmö, Sweden
Cinetekton, Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza, Mexico
MIASTO – Wroclaw, Poland
FA Festival – Brno, Czech Republic
FA Festival – Nymburk, Czech Republic
FA Festival – Prague, Czech Republic
FA Festival – Vsetín, Czech Republic
Festival Sztuka Architektury – Szczecin, Poland
Sandalia Sustainability Film Festival – Sardinia, Italy
World Town Planning Day – Metro Cinema, Edmonton, Canada
Architektur Film Tage – Zürich, Switzerland

2019
One World Romania la Școală, Dokumentar.ro – Bucharest, Romania
Arkitekturfilm Oslo – Oslo, Norway
Architektur Film Tage – Zürich, Switzerland
MIASTO – Gliwice, Poland

Upcoming
Film & Podium – Kosmos Kino, Zürich, Switzerland
Kölner Kino Nächte – Köln, Germany

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