INCESSANT VISIONS—LETTERS FROM AN ARCHITECT
Israel, 2011, documentary
German and Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Duki Dror
East Coast Premiere
Honorable Mention, Jerusalem Film Festival 2011
German Jewish architect Erich Mendelsohn was a visionary who created striking buildings that even today seem to pulse with energy. Fleeing the Nazis, he arrived in London’s Victoria Station, pulled out a pencil and told a friend, “Look, I brought my office with me!” In England, he met Chaim Weitzman, the future president of Israel, who invited Mendelsohn to become its “national architect.” Eventually he ended up in the US, having weathered an extremely turbulent time in history with his energy and creative vision intact. Dror (Taqasim WJFF 2003) captures Mendelsohn’s story with his own creative vision, using letters exchanged with the architect’s wife Luise, as well as drawings, contemporary images and reflections from his granddaughter, other architects and the people who use these timeless structures today.
USA, 2010, documentary
Director: Jonathan Skurnik and Doni Silver Simons
This film offers an intimate and compelling portrait of an artistic process that has profound cultural and social relevance beyond its religious underpinnings. The work by Doni Silver Simons creates a meditation on art, change and the temporary nature of things often considered permanent.
INTRODUCTION BY Doni Silver Simons, Director and Artist
CO-SPONSORED BY the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Embassy of Israel, Goethe-Institut Washington and America-Israel Cultural Foundation