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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).


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.


Festival Premieres
- World premiere: DOK Leipzig Festival - Camera Lucida section: (10/20/22)
- Austria premiere: Viennale (10/28/22)
- Argentina premiere: Mar del Plata IFF (11/04/22)


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
- Mar del Plata IFF


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


Included on Disc 2 of the DVD!
Disc 1: SLAUGHTERHOUSES OF MODERNITY (GER 2022, 80 min), Interview with the Bolivian architect Freddy Mamani
Disc 2: MAMANI IN EL ALTO (Heinz Emigholz, GER 2022, ca. 95 min.), SALAMONE, PAMPA (Heinz Emigholz, GER 2022, ca. 62 min.), Booklet with a text by Heinz Emigholz about the three films (German / English)
German, English
German, English, French
Country Code
PAL, Color 
237 min
Aspect Ratio
Sound Format
Dolby Digital 2.0 + 5.1
Set Content
Softbox (Set Content: 2)
Release Date
Rating (FSK - DE)
From 12 Years

Distribution Details

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