(DIALOGUE) (director/writer: Heinz Emigholz; screenwriter: Zohar Rubinstein; cinematographer: Till Beckman/Heinz Emigholz; editors: Till Beckman/Heinz Emigholz; cast: John Erdman, Jonathan Perel, Natja Brunckhorst; Runtime: 132; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Frieder Schlaich/Irene von Alberti; Filmgalerie 451; 2017-Germany-in German with English subtitles)

A playful but unusual cerebral experimental documentary.

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

A playful but unusual cerebral experimental documentary from German filmmaker Heinz Emigholz (“Sense of Architecture“).

It’s set around a bogus therapy session, that’s a five-day analytical marathon. This film is the third one that’s part of Emigholz’s series on architectural films. For over two hours the director holds a conversation with the Israeli trauma specialist Zohar Rubinstein. In the conversation the actors John Erdman (plays the director) and Jonathan Perel (plays the psychological analyst). The topics discussed include filmmaking, breakthroughs, creativity blockage, trauma and the marvelous photographs of architecture in Uruguay and Berlin. The buildings shown are by Julio Vilamajó, Eladio Dieste and Arno Brandlhuber. The main aim is for the director to tell us that the foreground and background in a building carry equal weight. It winds up the session stating Emiglhoz’s beliefs on the durability of time through space from the connection between architecture and cinema.