Dienstag, 16. September 2014

The Wounded Brick - review by Rüdiger Tomczak

Renowened author and essayist Rüdiger Tomczak, editor of the film magazine shomingeki, wrote a review about The Wounded Brick, from which we quote a few passages here click to read the full review:

"When I saw this film, one of my first thoughts which came into my mind was a memory in a series of dreams I had long time ago after the impact my favorite film by Yasujiro Ozu, Bakushu had on me. (…)

The Wounded Brick is on the surface a documentary on architecture and urban planning. Several interviews with architects and a social scientist from Berlin appear but also interviews with Italians who lost their home during the earthquake in 2009.

More and more the film turns into a kaleidoscope of interesting thoughts and ideas how architecture can be used for the life quality of the people and fragments of stories from people who have lived in their own houses. How especially the victims are telling about their now destroyed or at least heavily damaged homes, these rooms become rooms of life time, connected with memories. If Proust defines human memories as “beings of time”, the film by Sue-Alice Okukubo and Eduard Zorzenoni define them as “rooms of time”.

The interviews with the architects and the German social scientist are filmed in static shots. At the second viewing of this film I discovered a subtle but strange relationship between these people and the rooms they are living in, if private rooms or their offices.

A hint to the beauty of this film can be found in an interview with an architect from Frankfurt who always pleas for creating a living space for people more playful instead of reducing architecture only on the functional aspect. As the film reveals the problems of architecture to remain independent from the interests of a capitalistic order or certain politicians there is a lot we immediately recognize, especially if you live in a European metropolis. But the film always opens a space for alternatives even if they exist often only in dreams, visions ideas or projects rejected by the political and economic powers. As the worldwide tendency in urban planning is more or less a destruction of social lives for the interest of money and politic, the film makes a sharp difference between natural disasters and economical and political intended destruction.

Every film seems to be constructed like a building and to use another time my analogy between Ozu and The Wounded Brick, this film also looks on the surface like a very rigorous construction but as it proceeds it is filled with human emotions. A film is like the rooms we live in, it is not for consumption but for living in. How the rooms we call our home is filled with memories, encounter, our whole social and individual life, The Wounded Brick offers a lot of fragments of stories and emotions.

If one is affected by how urban planning is realized today, one will recognize a lot of these problems in this film. But even in a formal cinematic way The Wounded Brick by Sue-Alice Okukubo and Eduard Zorzenoni is an excellent example that cinema is more than revealing the mostly dark sides of the world we live in but also offering an attitude to this world.
The Wounded Brick is a film you can literally indwell."

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