Thursday, 26 September 2013 at 7:30 p.m., the Czech premiere of „HAUS TUGENDHAT“ will take place in Villa Tugendhat as part of the regular film screenings. Directed by Dieter Reifarth; by Pandora Film GmbH & Co. Verleih KG
Director and producer Dieter Reifarth made his film documentary by interweaving conversations with Tugendhat family members, former users of the house, art historians and restorers, together with historical photos and film footage, creating a multifaceted biography of a building. Against the background of the political catastrophes of the 20th century, the film tells of the personal experiences of residents and users of the unique house, whose beauty and charisma left its profound traces with several generations.
At first glance, it is just a story of an extraordinary building. In fact however, the documentary by Dieter Reifarth about a house by Mies van der Rohe is so epic and exciting as a novel that spans a whole century.
The Tugendhat House (1928/30) in Brno, Czech Republic, is a solitaire of modern architecture. It represents the social utopian aspiration of the architect Mies van der Rohe and the open-minded upper-class life design of his clients Grete and Fritz Tugendhat. The film tells the changeful story of the unique building and its inhabitants: of the spirit of optimism in the prosperous Southern Moravia between the world wars, the occupation by Nazi Germany, the forced displacement and emigration of the Tugendhat family to Switzerland and Venezuela, of the first post-war years when the house was used as a rhythmic and ballet school and of the decades afterwards. In the late 1940’s the former magnate's house became a therapy centre and then a school for children suffering from scoliosis. During the communist era the house was a social biotope, an island amidst a not very disabled-friendly world. After the "Velvet Revolution" Václav Klaus and Vladimír Mečiar negotiated the break-up of Czechoslovakia in the Tugendhat House and announced that there will be two separate states beginning with January 1993. Because of its universal importance as an architectonic masterpiece the house receives the status of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 2001. Our film is about avant-gardists and marauders, philanthropists and bureaucrats, visionaries and apparatchiks, about injustice, indifference, misappropriation, demolition and conservation, about small victories and big defeats. One learns of great expectations and disappointed hopes in a complicated process between restitution and renunciation, appropriation and dispossession, which says little about give-and-take but a lot about the grim history of the 20th century. We tell of the contradictions between artistic utopia and political disasters, the interconnection of public life and privacy, history of architecture and family history, the interplay of remembrance and oblivion, of powerlessness and time ...
More information about the film can be found here: http://tugendhat.pandorafilm.de
The film will be screened in original version with subtitles.
Ticket price to the screening is CZK 350,-. Admittance only with prior reservation.
TICKET RESERVATIONS AND SALE: reserve your tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +420 515 511 015.
The capacity of one screening is limited to 40 people.
Stiletto heels are not permitted in the interior of the villa.
You can download the poster for the screening here.