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The Airstrip

GER 2014, 108 min

An architectural journey from Berlin back to Berlin – into the abyss.


Imagine an airspace into which a bomb has been dropped. The bomb has not reached the site of its detonation, but there is no way to stop its speedy approach. The time between the bomb’s release and its explosion is neither the future (for the ineluctable destruction has not yet happened) nor the past (which is unavoidably about to be extinguished). The flight time of the bomb thus describes absolute nothingness, the zero hour, consisting of all the possibilities that in just a moment will no longer exist. Thus, this story will end before it has begun; here it is told in defiance: an architectural journey from Berlin through Arromanches, Rome, Wrocław, Görlitz, Paris, Bologna, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Atlántida, Montevideo, Mexico City, Brasilia, Tokyo, Saipan, Tinian, Tokyo, San Francisco, Dallas, Binz and Mexico City back to Berlin – into the abyss.

Following PARABETON (GER 2012) and PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA (GER 2012), THE AIRSTRIP is the third part of the series DECAMPMENT OF MODERISM. 

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Director, Screenplay and Director of Photography
Heinz Emigholz
Assistant Camera
Till Beckmann
Heinz Emigholz, Till Beckmann
Man at the Beach
Ueli Etter
Natja Brunckhorst
Original Sound
Till Beckmann, Heinz Emigholz, Ueli Etter, Lilli Kuschel, Markus Ruff, Christin Wilke
Sound Design
Jochen Jezussek, Christian Obermaier
Sound Mixer
Jochen Jezussek
Postproduction and Animation
Till Beckmann
Production Assistant Europa
Markus Ruff, Alex Jovanovic, Lilli Kuschel, Luca Pisciotta, Katharina Zollner
Production Assistant South America
Laura Bierbrauer, Elisa Miller, Lukas Rinner, Christin Wilke
Production Assistant Saipan
Ueli Etter
Frieder Schlaich, Irene von Alberti
Produced by
Filmgalerie 451
In Coproduction with
WDR (Reinhard Wulf)
Founded by
Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien - BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein