The Architects (1990)

Movie


The Architects (1990)
Die Architekten (original title)

The architect Daniel Brenner is in his late thirties when he receives his first challenging and lucrative commission: to design a cultural center for a satellite town in East-Berlin. He accepts the offer under the condition that he gets to choose who he works with. This way, he reunites with former colleagues and friends - most of them architects or students of architecture who have since chosen a different profession due to personal restraint or economic confinement. Together, they develop a concept which they hope will be more appealing to the public than the conventional and dull constructions common to the German Democratic Republic. However, their ambitious plans are once and again foiled by their conservative supervisors. As frustration grows, Daniel has trouble keeping his career in balance with his family-life: his wife Wanda wants to leave for West-Germany.
East Germany
IMDb  7.0 /10
Creators
Director Peter Kahane
Writer Peter Kahane
Writer Thomas Knauf
Writer Christoph Prochnow
Information
Release Date1990-06-21
Runtime1h 35mins
GenreDrama
Content Rating
Awards2 wins.
CompanyDeutsche Film (DEFA)
CountryEast Germany
LanguageGerman
Kurt Naumann
Kurt Naumann
Daniel Brenner
Rita Feldmeier
Rita Feldmeier
Wanda Brenner
Judith Richter
Judith Richter
Johanna Brenner
Jürgen Watzke
Jürgen Watzke
Martin Bullat
Franziska Scharf
Catherine Stoyan
Catherine Stoyan
Elke Krug
Uta Eisold
Uta Eisold
Renate Reese
Karl-Ernst Horbol
Karl-Ernst Horbol
Max Brenner
Günther Adam
Hans-Joachim Hegewald
Hans-Joachim Hegewald
Albrecht Wischala
Thomas Just
Thomas Just
Gert Naumann
Roland Kuchenbuch
Roland Kuchenbuch
Dieter Zahlke
Andrea Meissner
Andrea Meissner
Barbara Schneider
Wilfried Berger
Joachim Tomaschewsky
Joachim Tomaschewsky
Prof. Vesely

Die Architekten

Die Architekten (English: The Architects) is an East German film directed by Peter Kahane. It was released in 1990.


Plot

Daniel Brenner is an architect in his late thirties. Despite a top university degree, he has to spend his professional life with bus shelters and telephone booths. Then he receives the appealing commission to design a cultural center for a satellite town. Brenner accepts under the condition that he will be allowed to select his own team. Their plan to create a non-conventional construction fails. His wife and their common daughter leave the country for West Germany. Broken and disillusioned, Brenner collapses in front of the project's inauguration tribune.


Cast

  • Kurt Naumann as Daniel Brenner
  • Rita Feldmeier as Wanda Brenner
  • Uta Eisold as Renate Reese
  • Jürgen Watzke as Martin Bulla
  • Ute Lubosch as Franziska Scharf
  • Jörg Schüttauf as Wilfried Berger

Music

The music was written by Tamas Kahane. The film's songs counterpoint its images: Unsere Heimat is added to scenes of urban canyons, the Berlin Wall, industrial complexes and prefabricated housing developments. The protagonist collapses to the tunes of Handel's Messiah.


Reception

With less than 6,000 tickets sold, the film received scant attention at the time of release. In retrospect it is considered a significant cineastic contribution to the country's time of transition.