We are pleased to present our first German Film Club at the Goethe-Institut Toronto. Join us to watch “Berlin Babylon”. The screening will be followed by an informal discussion in Germanhosted by Beatrice Marry, a law student from Berlin who currently resides in Toronto.
“Berlin Babylon” is an architectural documentary by Hubertus Siegert with music by legendary industrial band, Einstürzende Neubauten. It shows the massive rebuilding projects in the German capital after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Sections of the city were left as an urban wasteland, and the conflicted (and reunited) nation had to decide how to handle its complicated past.
The planning, design, and building of a new city centre is explained as well as the rebuilding of notable buildings such as the German Historical Museum, Potsdamer Platz, the Jewish Museum, Lehrter Station, the Reichstag, Cathedral and the Academy of Arts.
Hubertus Siegert followed the rebuilding projects in the city over four years and made “Berlin Babylon” in 2001. Einstürzende Neubauten formed in 1980 in Berlin. Their band name translates into “Collapsing New Buildings” and refers to the cheap and flimsy buildings constructed in Germany after the Second World War. Siegert chose them to score the film because their music gives the audience creative space for interpretation. You can find their CDs in our library.