Gottfried Böhm is widely regarded as Germany’s preeminent architect. The son of a master builder of churches, he is the patriarch of a modern architecture dynasty to which his three sons Stephan, Peter und Paul now belong. By realizing outstanding buildings of their own, the sons have managed to step out of the shadow of their famous father. But the ongoing crisis in the German construction industry, among other things, has stoked the fires of competition between the brothers. Gottfried, now 94, still contributes daily to the work on current planning and construction projects. With the death of his wife Elisabeth, also an architect and a key source of inspiration for all four Böhms, the family loses its emotional lodestone. Can the fragile architecture of the family business be a viable model for the future?
MAURIZIUS STAERKLE DRUX was born in 1988 in Cologne and studied at the Zurich University of the Arts. His films include: PARADEPLATZ (short, 2009), MIT LIED UND LEID (short doc, 2010), ZWISCHEN INSELN (doc, 2011), WENN DER VORHANG FÄLLT (short doc, 2013), and his feature-length debut CONCRETE LOVE (doc, 2014).