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2+2=22 [The Alphabet]

2+2=22 [THE ALPHABET] (2+2=22 [The Alphabet]) Heinz Emigholz , D 2013-2017, 88 min

Streetscapes - Chapter I / Photography and beyond – Part 24

German theatrical release date: October 12th, 2017 - English or German with English subtitles

Now on festivals:

World premiere: Monday,  Feb 11th, 2017: 16:30 h at Delphi
Second screening: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017: 11:00 h at CineStar 8

Official Trailer


About the film

A documentary on the CD-production ABC by Kreidler (Thomas Klein, Alexander Paulick, Andreas Reihse, Detlef Weinrich).
Filmed at Kartuli Pilmis Studia Tbilisi and in the streets of Tbilisi, Georgia, in October 2013 / Notebooks No. 222 a–z by Heinz Emigholz from Juli 30th, 2012 until Dezember 23rd, 2013.

Recordings of Nino, Alphabet, Modul, Ceramic, Tornado and Mento by KREIDLER for their album ABC [Engineer: Gvaji, Choir: Nino Gulbatashvili, Salome Makaridze, Ucha Pataridze and Beka Sebiskveradze, Mixing: KREIDLER with Guy Sternberg at LowSwing Studios Berlin, Assistence: Florian von Keyserlingk, Mastering: Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, ABC released by Bureau-b as CD and LP, Funded by Michael Dimitrov, Stephan Wackwitz, Goethe Institut Tbilisi, Kulturamt Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf and Initiative Musik]


Statement on the production of the film by Pym Films 

The film documents the genesis of the recordings and production of some music pieces by the band Kreidler that were released on their album ABC in May 2014. Continuous, long, observing filmic shots were taken. The recordings were made from 8 to 12 October 2013 in the recording studio of the Georgian film production complex Kartuli Pilmi in Tbilisi, Georgia. A large, wood-panelled hall outfitted with moveable walls was used. The room was originally conceived as a recording studio for a film orchestra; the board of censors used it as an internal screening room.

About twenty sequences from the documentary footage of the creation of the music pieces were selected to form the backbone of the film. Interstitials are added before and between the musical sequences. These interstitials consist of two components: first, documentary footage of architectonic situations in Tbilisi that, in the course of the film, result in a portrait of the city; and second, notebooks leafed through by means of film-technical animation. The notebooks were written and illustrated by Heinz Emigholz in the course of one year.

The basic structure of the film is shots alternating between the musical recordings and the city and notebook insertions. The film is a reply to Godard’s One Plus One