Die Architekten

Die Architekten (The Architects), directed by Peter Kahane, is one of the last East German films made by the East German DEFA film production company. It was released shortly after the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990 and is considered a significant cineastic contribution to the country’s time of political and personal transition. The film depicts the society’s grinding down of Daniel Brenner, an idealistic architect in his late thirties who – like many others of his generation – is deeply frustrated by life under the old Communists but somehow tolerates it. More than any film in recent memory, this film portrays the destructive impact that a spiritually cold environment can have on the human spirit.

About Chiaroscuro
The Chiaroscuro International Film Series showcases international films to audiences in West Michigan. The annual film series brings an array of global subjects, in a relevant and themed format, to highlight the cultural, social and political differences around the world. The series is educational, entertaining and engaging, giving audiences the opportunity to learn about other countries through film showings and also through conversation with speakers who are knowledgeable of the subject matter, culture, and/or filmmaking process.


Date: February 9 2013—February 10 2013
Time: 2:30 PM
Cost: Free

Directed By: Peter Kahane
Run Time: 102 minutes
Origin: East Germany
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Year: 1990
Languages: German (with English subtitles)

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

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Grand Rapids, MI 49503



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