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A unique screening of 'Concrete Love' by the ACA


Since 2008, the Arab Center for Architecture is engaged in the documentation, preservation and dissemination of the modern built heritage in Lebanon and the Arab world.

We are pleased to announce the unique screening of the German-Swiss movie « Die Böhms - Architektur einer Familie » (English title: Concrete Love, the Böhm family) by the Swiss film director Maurizius Staerkle Drux, that will take place on Tuesday June 16, 2015, at Metropolis Empire Sofil in Ashrafieh, Beirut. The movie is about the life and work of the famous German architect Gottfried Böhm, a Pritzker Prize winner.


7:30pm  Welcoming of the public

8:00pm  Speech of the Ambassador of Switzerland H.E. François Barras

8:10pm  Presentation of the achievements of the Arab Center for Architecture

8:20pm  Projection of the film « Die Böhms, Architektur einer Familie » (86’)

9:45pm  Reception

The benefits of this event are in support of the activities of the Arab Center for Architecture

Seats are for 30,000 Lebanese Pounds and added donations are welcome

For reservation: 03 209226 – 70706597 or send email to:

This event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Lebanon, Goethe Institute and Metropolis


Written and Directed by: Maurizius Staerkle Drux

World Premiere: October 2014

Original Version: German, colour, Digital HD, 86 min.

Production: Lichtblick Film - und Fernsehproduktion, 2:1 Film GmbH, WDR - Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln, Bayerischer Rundfunk


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 and Paul now belong.  By realizing outstanding prominent buildings of their own, the Böhm fils 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 a viable model for the future?

The film paints an intimate and pointed portrait of the complexity and inseparability of life, love, faith, art and architecture.


  • Best Documentary Prize of the Goethe Institute at the Dok Leipzig Festival 2014
  • Honorary mention of the Jury at the Filmfestival Max Ophuels Prize, Saarbruecken 2015
  • Jury Award at the Film Festival on Films on Art (FIFA) Montréal 2015
  • Best Documentary Film at the Bozner Filmtage 2015


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