Die Sonneninsel (2017)

The Sun Island is an essay film using home movies and interviews to document a historic love triangle among architects. Time and place: Frankfurt and Berlin between the wars (1927-1935), during WWII (1940-46) and in the present (2008-2018).

Director:

Thomas Elsaesser
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Credited cast:
Konrad Elsaesser Konrad Elsaesser ... Interviewee
Regine Elsaesser Regine Elsaesser ... Interviewee
Silvan Linden Silvan Linden ... Interviewee
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The Sun Island documents the life and professional career of Martin Elsaesser (1884-1957), architect and chief city planner in Frankfurt (Germany) from 1925 to 1932. The controversial acquisition of the Frankfurt Central Market by the European Central Bank is the ostensible occasion to weave the building's turbulent history into Martin Elsaesser's biography, his wife Liesel's liaison with notable landscape architect Leberecht Migge (1881 -1935), and the director's own family history. The films draws on a unique collection of home movies, photographs and letters, as well as contemporary interviews in order to document and dramatize a life-changing episode in the family histories of two all but forgotten German pioneer architects: one designer of churches and markets, the other inventor of urban gardening and sustainable cities during the crucial years between the Weimar Republic and WW II.

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Preservation cannot but destroy what it sets out to rescue


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1 August 2017 (Argentina) See more »

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The Sun Island See more »

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Budget:

€98,000 (estimated)
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Color (HD)| Black and White
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