The decade of Berlin after the Wall collapsed, is a one-of-a-kind phenomenon. BERLIN BABYLON shows the concentration of construction in the 1990s, images of a city in transition, the fascination of rapid change, the horrors of destruction, the spell cast by the void. It is the drama of real estate, of money and power.
Since the Wall fell in 1989 the German capital has been trying to overcome its catastrophic past, to restore the urban fabric destroyed in the 2nd World War and afterwards, to rebuild as if life depended on it and cast off the shadows of yesterday’s darkness. The people who appear in BERLIN BABYLON include those who build and those who hire others to build. The film uses fantastic images to show the contrasts of the city and the protagonists of hasty transformation. Prominent architects, developers, politicians and urban planners are seen at work. No interviews, no statements. The music provides the commentary. BERLIN BABYLON is a unique document and a must-see for absolutely every Berlin visitor.
There is much to be learn from this movie while beautifully photographed (New York Times)
Portrait of a city trying to resurrect itself - resonant and heartbreaking in its melancholy (Daily News)
The movie succeeds in visually pondering the permanent state of collapse and rehabilitation of Berlin (Village Voice)