Divine Location

a film by Ulrike Franke, Michael Loeken

Divine Location

Germany | 2014 | 99:00 min

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Dortmund is a city in the Ruhr region, one of Europe's largest industrial centres.Until April 2001, this was one of the most important locations for heavy industry in the world.On the enormous site of the former Phönix-Ost steelworks, which has lain dormant since the plant was closed in 2001, and in the middle of a working-class district, a luxury housing development has now been built up around a newly created, artificial lake: Lake Phoenix.The development includes a marina and piazza.The descriptions provided for this innovative venture make no mention of hard work, steelworks, environmental pollution or noise. The keywords now are leisure time and relaxation, service society and Mediterranean flair. Think Mies van der Rohe instead of workers’ housing.But how to proceed when the surrounding working-class neighbourhood has become a ghetto, decimated by unemployment because of the closure of the steelworks? It took five years for the steelworks to make way for the lake.Filmmakers Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken followed planners and residents, visionaries and sceptics with their cameras for the entire duration of the project.We meet Dortmund locals, attend client meetings and accompany new residents who tell us about their plans and dreams. We watch as they all become winners or losers in the game called social progress. A light and often absurdly comic film about the transition from an industrial to a leisure society.
Seal of Approval ‘highly recommended’ 2014
shortlisted for German Film Award 2015
Best Film Panorama Kino.doc - IFF Saratov Sufferings 2015
Grimme Award 2016
Herbert Quandt Medien-Prize 2016
lorry Journalistenprize 2017
ARD ProgramAward 2017

DOK.fest Munich, Duisburg, Kassel, Freistadt, DokPoint Helsinki 2015, LOLA@Berlinale,
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  • Director Ulrike Franke, Michael Loeken
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