The International Festival of Films on Art - 38th edition from March 17 to 29, 2020

Bauhaus Spirit

Germany | 2018 | 90 min
English, German | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Niels Bolbrinker
Editing: Niels Bolbrinker, Thomas Tielsch
Music: Jarii Van Gohl
Sound: Jörg Theil
Director: Niels Bolbrinker, Thomas Thielsch


Canadian Premiere

A hundred years ago the Bauhaus (Staatliches Bauhaus) opened its doors. One of the most important 20th-century architecture schools, it helped define Modernist architecture. In this inspiring documentary paying homage to the institution’s rich heritage, figures from various backgrounds talk about the modern-day Bauhaus. Synthesizing freedom of imagination and rigid structure, enrichment and simplicity, light and clarity, the school played a pivotal role in building our society.


Niels Bolbrinker

Niels Bolbrinker studied photography and film at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Since 1983, he has worked as a DOP (e.g. The Woman of the 5 Elephants) and director (e.g. Reality Check) of documentaries. He received various international awards for his work including the Image Award at the International Documentary Film Festival in Montreal and was nominated for the German Camera Prize. His feature-length documentary Bauhaus-modell und mythos, won the Liliane Stewart Award for best documentary in the design arts at the FIFA in Montréal. The film is regarded as the most detailed film appreciation of Bauhaus to date.

Thomas Tielsch

Thomas Tielsch founded Filmtank in 2001 which has since made nearly 80 high-quality, international and prize-winning documentaries for cinema and television. Most projects are realised with European co-production partners (e.g. from Bulgaria, Spain, Finland), broadcasters and Film Funds.

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