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The White Coal
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The White Coal

The White Coal

1997

Architecture Film

24 Min

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Synopsis

The filament of a light bulb shines brightly. The secret of thisbanal and transient phenomenon is to be found in the Alps of canton Grisons, where the film reveals the giant walls of dams, underground galleries that stretch many miles, halls full of machinery, transmission towers, and so on. Monuments, to Man the Builder.

The light bulb sheds light, the radio plays music, the telephone rings: in the Grison Alps, it is obvious what is behind these banal, fleeting events. Huge abutments, kilometer-long tunnels, machine halls, and pylons all command nature—monuments to homo faber. The film is interested in the structural conditions, technical achievements, architectural gestures, and the spirit of these structures. Most were created in the economic boom of the 1950s and 1960s. What led to this euphoria and what has come of it? The film tries to answer these questions.

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Crew

Director
Christoph Schaub

Producer 
Christoph Schaub, RTR  

Cinematographer 
Matthias Kälin 

Editor 
Christoph Schaub 

Location Sound 
Martin Witz

Festivals

International Premiere at the Dok. Filmfestival Leipzig 2018 - International Competition

Solothurn Filmfestival 2019 Prix de publique

  • Melbourne Design Week, Australia
  • Copenhagen Architecture Festival AAFx 4.-14.4.

Dog.Fest München 8.-19.5. Best of Festival

Docs Against Gravity Warschau 10.-19.5

Docaviv - The Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival 8.5. - 19.5.