This year’s Goethe Documentary Film Prize winner is Concrete Love: The Böhm Family. The German film, directed by Maurizius Staerkle-Drux, follows the daily routine of 93-year old architect Gottfried Böhm, documenting interactions with his family (and colleagues) and the inspiration for his work. It delves into the lifelong fervor Böhm has developed for design, family, and life. The jury acclaims, "the film tells a multi-layered tale of love, the passion for architecture and four generations of German history. With sensitive observations, intimate interviews and stirring filmic explorations of an extraordinary architectural legacy, the film creates a lasting impression of the buildings and the people.”
The annual 2,000-euro prize is awarded by the Goethe-Institut at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. Participating films must appertain to Germany, while simultaneously appealing to international audiences by addressing a universal theme. This year’s winning film, Concrete Love, will be shown at venues around the world, and is nearing its release in German and Swiss theaters. Within the next two weeks, the documentary will make its way to American screens, debuting at the Slamdance Festival in Utah on January 26 and 27, and Berlin & Beyond in San Francisco, California on February 2. Check out the trailer, above.
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