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Promotional poster for the Mies van der Rohes.

The Mies van der Rohes: A Female Family Saga

24 March 2024 at 6:00 pm

Dave Barber Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street


Directed by Sabine Gisiger
2023, Switzerland, 90 minutes, English/German (with English subtitles)

An epic family saga in times of modernism, told by the women around the iconic architect Mies van der Rohe. His wife Ada, his daughters Georgia, Manna and Traudel and his lover Lilly Reich seize the opportunities of the new age but also experience the constraints of old patterns. The Golden 20s, the increasingly barbaric 30s and ultimately war. A troubling family story which uses unpublished films, images and documents to create a moral portrait of modernity—from a female perspective.

Supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Montreal.


The Dave Barber Cinematheque resides in the main floor lobby of Artspace. The main entrances at Arthur St. and King St. have automatic door push triggers. There are 9 to 10 steps from the entrance to the main lobby. The West side entrance of King St. has a wheelchair lift to access the main lobby. The lift measures 54’’ by 37’’ and has a maximum capacity of 340 kg.