Bauhaus - The New Era
Direction: Lars Kraume
zero one film in Coproduction with ZDF and ARTE, Constantin Television and Nadcon .
Funded by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, MFG Baden-Württemberg, German Motion Picture Fund.
World Distribution: Beta Film and Constantin Television
New York, 1963. WALTER GROPIUS meets journalist and women’s rights activist BETTY FRIEDAN who accuses him of discriminating women at the Bauhaus. Gropius uses the meeting to tell her about the early years of the Bauhaus. About his struggles, the political forces in Weimar and one very special student: DÖRTE HELM.
The year is 1919 and Dörte is to finish her arts studies in Weimar. When she hears Gropius’ first speech about a new era at the BAUHAUS she follows his call. His innovative approach provokes the conservative middle class of Weimar. But liberal students like Dörte are excited and like so many others, she becomes a true disciple of the new movement. Foundation teacher JOHANNES ITTEN instantly recognises her talent and she seems set to fulfill her dream of becoming an architect.
A new form of life evolves, and with it comes hope, still rare after WWI, when inflation leaves many hungry and worried about the future. But they are young, resilient and radical. They write pamphlets, and dream of affordable housing for the masses. The school becomes a breeding ground for modernity, jazz and – feminism.
Yet the conservative town council is increasingly agitated by the liberal attitudes, especially among female students. When political pressure threatens the very existence of the school, Gropius accepts a compromise and women are relegated to the weaving workshop. Dörte is appalled and becomes a leading force in the protest against the director.
During those days of turbulence, Dörte and Gropius become acquainted, they fall in love and Gropius proposes. The scandal surrounding the ensuing honour court does nothing to improve the reputation of the institution.
Eventually, Gropius has to move the school to Dessau. The Bauhaus will thrive and take the world in storm. “But the success came at a price“, a melancholic Gropius will tell Betty Friedan some 40 years later. “Many of us have paid for it – with our integrity, our ideals and our happiness.“
Screenplay: Judith Angerbauer, Lars Kraume
Director: Lars Kraume
DoP: Jens Harant
Sound: Patrick Veigel
Production Design: Olaf Schiefner
Costume Design: Esther Walz
Make Up Artist: Jens Bartram
Editing: Barbara Gies
Archive: Monika Preischl
Music: Christoph M. Kaiser, Julian Maas
Cast: Anna Maria Mühe, August Diehl, Birgit Minichmayr, uvm