Dieste [Uruguay]

Dieste [Uruguay]
Director: Heinz Emigholz

Germany, 2017, documentary, 95 minutes, V

Dieste [Uruguay] is the final part of Heinz Emigholz’s “Streetscapes series. This film is a triptych, presenting 29 buildings designed by the master of Uruguyan architecture Eladio Dieste (1917 – 2000). Starting with three buildings from the 1930s designed by Julio Vilamajó in Montevideo which could have inspired Dieste himself, and concluding with Dieste‘s final works in Spain, Emigholz‘s gaze attentively explores the elegant curves of the architect‘s buildings. Revelling in the buoyant, graceful shell architecture that allows both air and light to pass through, the director also draws parallels to similar structures found in nature. The epilogue, set in Spain, presents the later buildings designed by the architect, that is, smaller-scale copies of his larger church buildings. Closed off and compact, they come across like caricatures, out of place and miles away from Uruguay. However, this does not dismantle Dieste‘s reputation: in fact, it only illustrates the importance of unique architecture to cities and their inhabitants. Dieste [Uruguay] is a unique architectural journey.

About the director:

Hein Emigholz was bon in 1948 in Achim, Germany. Throughout his career he has worked in many areas: since 1973, Emigholz has worked as a freelance filmmaker, artist, writer, cinematographer, producer, and journalist. From 1993 to 2013, he held a professorship in experimental filmmaking at the Berlin University of the Arts, where he co-founded the Institute for Time-Based Media and the university’s art and media course. Since 2012 he has been a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin. In recent years, the focus of Emigholz‘s filmmaking has been architecture. He has presented films about Le Corbusier, Samuel Bickels and Eladio Dieste at the Berlinale. Dieste [Uruguay] has also been screened at the international film festivals of Vienna, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires and elsewhere.

Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Heinz Emigholz

Dir. of Photography: Heinz Emigholz, Till Beckmann