• 2024 | Documentary | 94' | Germany, France


From filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky (GUNDA, AQUARELA) comes an epic, intimate and poetic meditation on architecture and how the design and construction of buildings from the ancient past reveal our destruction — and offer hope for survival and a way forward. Centering on a landscape project by the Italian architect Michele De Lucchi, Kossakovsky uses the circle to reflect on the rise and fall of civilizations, capturing breathtaking imagery from the temple ruins of Baalbek in Lebanon, dating back to AD 60, to the recent destruction of cities in Turkey following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in early 2023. 

Rocks and stone connect the disparate societies, from ghostly monoliths stuck in the earth to tragic heaps of concrete rubble waiting to be hauled off and repurposed anew. Through Kossakovsky’s inquisitive lens, the grandeur and folly of humanity and its precarious relationship with nature posits the urgent question: How do we build, and how can we build better, before it’s too late?
Victor Kossakovsky
Production Filmproduktion (DE) in co-production with Point du Jour - Les Films du Balibari (FR), in association with A24 and Hailstone Films, in co-production with ZDF in association with arte
Eurimages, DFFF, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. Development supported by MEDIA Development and FFA - German-French Minitraité and Région des Pays de la Loire
World Sales
Berlinale 2024 (Wettbewerb/Competition), nominiert für den Berlinale Dokumentarfilmpreis/nominated for the Berlinale Documentary Award, CPH:DOX 2024, Karlovy Vary IFF 2024, IndieLisboa IIFF 2024, Sydney FF 2024, DocsBarcelona 2024, Hong Kong IFF 2024, Jeonju IFF 2024, Millennium Docs Against Gravity FF 2024, Ficunam 2024

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