Participating Cinemas: Palace Nova Eastend, Palace Centro, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Brighton Bay
Documentary, Israel 2011 (70 mins)
Hebrew, English & German with English subtitles
Director: Duki Dror
Festivals: Jerusalem, Saint Louis, Guangzhou, Documentary Edge
Awards: Best International Film (Documentary Edge): Honourable Mention (Jerusalem), Golden FILAF Award (Perpignan)
Hedrew sketches on tiny pieces of paper and sent them, from the trenches, to a young cellist who was waiting for him in Berlin. She thought he was a genius and after the First World War helped him become the most successful architect in Germany.
When she planned to leave him for poet and playwright Ernst Toller, he built the perfect house for her. Yet when the Nazis came to power, they left everything behind, escaping the house and Germany forever.
Erich and Louise Mendelsohn wandered between continents, between world wars, between success and failure. Much admired by, among others, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mendelsohn’s ideas, thoughts, designs changed the history of architecture.
Yet his untold story is of a life and career that is both enigmatic and tragic.
Beautifully told, sensitively portrayed, Mendelsohn’s Incessant Visions is a visually stunning interpretation of the life and times of one of the world’s greatest architects who worked in Germany, England, Israel and the US but who died almost penniless.
“’A great film and not just for architecture buffs… So well made!”
“This remarkable documentary receives my first five star review.”