“BERLIN BABYLON is a unique document and a must-see for absolutely every Berlin visitor.”
Meinhard von Gerkan
„There is much to be learnt from this movie.”
New York Times
The film’s soundtrack comes from the famous Berlin band EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN. In the film their music can be heard alternating with classical pieces of music. “Modernity and history collide in BERLIN BABYLON. And that should also be reflected in the music”, explains director Hubertus Siegert.
Rem Koolhaas is one of the most influential contemporary architects. He researches and teaches as a professor at Harvard University. Koolhaas was a jury member of the Potsdamer Platz competition – and left the jury under protest in 1991 because he considered their decisions to be a “conscious massacre of architectural intelligence”.
ABOUT THE MOVIE:
Since the Wall fell in 1989 the German capital has been trying to overcome its catastrophic past. BERLIN BABYLON shows images of a city in transition, the fascination of rapid change, the beauty of unadulterated landscapes, the horrors of destruction, the spell cast by the void.
BERLIN BABYLON by bike:
In cooperation with the city guide we offer a special way to get to know Berlin:
Watching the movie together in the cinema and visiting the Potsdamer Platz, Berlin Central Station and other places from the movie by bike.
Director Hubertus Siegert was in the right place and at the right time: “The film shows the city after the walls came tumbling down. It portrays the agents of radical reconstruction in authentic scenes, edited into a documentary vision.”