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Salamone, Pampa

GER 2022, 62 min

Architecture as Autobiography. Photography and beyond – Part 34. Twenty-five buildings by Argentine architect Francisco Salamone (1897-1959).

Synopsis

The film shows eleven slaughterhouses, nine town halls and squares, a school and four monumental cemetery portals which Francisco Salamone and his team built between 1936 and 1939 in the Argentine province of Buenos Aires in the cities of Alem, Azul, Balcarce, Carhue, Colonel Pringles, Epecuén, Guamini, Laprida, Pellegrini, Saldungaray, Salliquelo, Tres Lomas and Vedia.

Filming for the film took place in November 2021 in Argentina.

Aktuell

World premiere at DOK Leipzig Festival in October 2022 in the Camera Lucida section:
Screening dates:
10/20, 14:30, Regina Palast 6
10/21, 21:00, Passage Kinos Wintergarten

Also in the program of the DOK Leipzig Festival, Heinz Emigholz's films Slaughterhouses of Modernity in the German competition and Mamani in El Alto will be shown in the Camera Lucida section.

Viennale Screening Dates:
10/28, 11:00, Metro, Historischer Saal

Also in the program of the DOK Leipzig Festival, Heinz Emigholz's films Mamani in El Alto and Slaughterhouses of Modernity will be shown.

IFF Ma del Plata Screening Dates:
11/04, 20:10, Paseo Aldrey (Sala Aldrey 1)
11/07, 17:30, Paseo Aldrey (Sala Aldrey 1)
11/10, 14:10, Paseo Aldrey (Sala Aldrey 1)

Also in the program of the IFF Mar del Plata, Heinz Emigholz's films Mamani in El Alto and Slaughterhouses of Modernity will be shown.

Press reviews

Slaughterhouses with concrete blades on top, monumental cemetery gates in the plains: Architect Francisco Salamone (1897–1959) shaped the image of the Argentinean pampa around Buenos Aires. In part 34 of his “Photography and beyond” series, Heinz Emigholz once more probes architecture for biographical traces. Salamone, who immigrated from Sicily as a child, realised his ideas between 1936 and 1940, when Mussolini’s Italy re-discovered architecture as an ideological craft.
Axes seem to be buried in the façade of the Coronel Pringles city hall. Elsewhere, stone tree fungi grow. And in front of the Saldungaray cemetery, viewed from the rear, a giant pancake or satellite dish forms, while in front the head of a suffering Jesus protrudes from the concrete. Monumental designs, occasionally incorporating elements of Art Deco or Italian Futurism, towering in the sky and advertising importance. Francisco Salamone worked in the years of the “Década infame”, that infamous decade followed shortly afterwards by the presidency of Juan Perón. The buildings seem inhospitable and full of hubris. They are supposed to herald modernity and progress and yet loomed terrifyingly over the peasantry of the country. Heinz Emigholz documents these intimidating buildings from every conceivable angle. — Carolin Weidner, DOK Leipzig 2022

Awards and Festivals

- DOK Leibzig
- Viennale
- IFF Mar del Plata

Credits

Director and Screenplay
Heinz Emigholz
Camera
Heinz Emigholz, Till Beckmann
Local Management Argentinia
Esteban Bellotto
General Assistance Argentinia
Ueli Etter
Original Sound Recording
Esteban Bellotto
Editing
Till Beckmann, Heinz Emigholz
Sound Design and Mixing
Christian Obermaier, Jochen Jezussek
Post-production
Till Beckmann
Production Assistant
Anna Bitter, Viviana Kammel
Producers
Frieder Schlaich, Irene von Alberti
Production
Filmgalerie 451

Thanks to Alejandra Casemayor, Viviana Castro, Eugenia Cavallaro, Rubén Ghio, Stefan Kolosko, Alejo Magarinos, Vanesa Neubauer, Camila Paredes, Jonathan Perel, Sergio Picazo, Ana Ramos, María Sueldo, Maia Vena und Centro Cultural Salamone in Balcarce, Chamber of Commerce in Guamini, Offices of Culture in Alem, Azul, Carhué, Laprida, Pringles,, Saliqueló und Pellegrini, Office of Tourism in Tres Lomas

Distribution Details

Screening Format
DCP (4k, Color, 5.1)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Language
No dialogue
Promotion Material
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License Area
Worldwide
Rating
Info-Programm gemäß §14 JuSchG