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Æon Flux in Berlin

Berlin Locations - Part 2

A Guide to the Berlin Locations
Seen in Aeon Flux

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Berlin & Potsdam Locations for Aeon Flux

Here's a list of Berlin and Potsdam locations seen in Aeon Flux (in alphabetical order). Each architectural site is listed with historical information, its role in the film, and in most cases a Web link or two.

Bauhaus Das Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin
Museum for Design
(1979)
Foto: Hyde Flippo
In Aeon Flux this structure, the Bauhaus museum designed by German architect Walter Gropius (1883-1969), is the apartment complex where Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron) and her sister Una live in the fictional city of Bragna. (More about the Bauhaus Archiv.) Web: www.bauhaus-archiv.de

BUGA Park - Biosphere (Biosphären-Halle)
This park in Potsdam was home to Germany's biennial Bundesgartenschau (BUGA, Federal Garden Show) in 2001. Now a public park, the Volkspark Potsdam, popularly known as the BUGA Park, is home to the biosphere used as a tropical greenhouse location in Aeon Flux. Web: www.biosphaere-potsdam.de

Haus der Kulturen der Welt - House of World Culture
Nicknamed the "pregnant oyster" by Berliners, the former Kongresshalle (convention hall) in Berlin's Tiergarten was designed by American architect Hugh Stubbins and completed in 1957. Because of neglect its parabolic concrete roof collapsed in 1980, but was later rebuilt—as you can see in the film when Aeon eliminates several guards on the roof at night. Web: Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Hugh Stubbins, photos) and www.hkw.de/ (Haus der Kulturen)

Krematorium Baumschulenweg
The impressive Hall of Condolence (Kondolenzhalle) with its 20-plus soaring concrete columns was used in the film for Trevor Goodchild's government meetings. Berlin's new crematorium, designed by architects Axel Schultes and Charlotte Frank, opened in May 1999. The building's modern exterior is also seen in the movie. Web: www.krematorium-berlin.de

Langhansbau - Anatomisches Theater
This building dating back to 1790 (named for architect Carl Gotthard Langhans) is the site of the Anatomical Theatre (decked out in white as the "Handler Space") where Aeon meets with the red-haired "Handler" (Frances McDormand). The original purpose of the Langhans building was to house a vet school (Tierarzneischule) founded by Fredrick the Great in order to better care for his horses. Web: Anatomisches Theater (Berlin Hidden Places)

Mexican Embassy - Mexikanische Botschaft
Berlin's modern glass and concrete Mexican Embassy was used for several scenes in Aeon Flux. Web: www.embamex.de

Sanssouci Palace and Park
Who would have thought that a palace built for a Prussian king in 1747 would be a setting for a film set in the year 2415? Frederick the Great (Friedrich der Große) named his new summer residence "Sanssouci," French for "without care." Today the palace and its parks are Potsdam's main tourist attraction. In the film the striking large terraces below the palace are seen in the opening scenes as Aeon (Charlize Theron) descends the stairs. The gardens surrounding the palace are also featured early in the film. Web: Sanssouci Palace and Sanssouci Park

Tierheim Tierheim - Animal Shelter
Foto: Paramount Pictures
In service only since 2001, it may seem like a most unlikely choice, but Berlin's beautiful Tierheim animal shelter facility (designed by architect Dietrich Bangert) plays a starring role in Aeon Flux. The Tierheim is often seen in the film as the main government complex. Several major scenes were filmed there. Although the filmmakers did add a few extras (including an entire grove of cherry trees!) and used a lot of background CGI, most of the scenes highlight the facility as is. Located in Berlin's Hohenschönhausen district, the shelter was built without any financial help from Berlin's city government. The filmmakers were impressed enough to throw a fundraising party to raise $3,000 for the Tierheim. Web: www.tierschutz-berlin.de and www.archinform.net

Theater
Can you identify the Berlin "jewel of a theater" in which Aeon first attempts to assassinate Trevor Goodchild?

Velodrom
The monorail escape scenes were filmed in the parking facility of the Berlin Velodrom and Max-Schmeling-Halle. Web: www.velodrom.de

Wasserwerk Wasserwerk - Waterworks
Foto: Paramount Pictures
Another old historic site used to represent the future, the waterworks in Friedrichshagen was the third one to be built in Berlin. Completed in 1893, the facility was state-of-the-art technology at that time, using sand to filter and purify Berlin's water supply in its Filtergewölbe (filtration vaults, see photo). The plant was designed and engineered by Richard Schultze in the style of the traditional Gothic cloisters of the Mark Brandenburg. Today part of the facility is a museum. The filmmakers used the scenic brick archways of the filtration plant for several key scenes. Web: Museum im Wasserwerk Friedrichshagen and Wasserwerk Friedrichshagen (Berlin.de)

Windkanal Windkanal - Wind Tunnel
Foto: Paramount Pictures
The setting for the "maze" and government complex, this massive concrete structure in Berlin-Adlershof was constructed in 1932 and used as an aerodynamic testing facility for German aircraft. After World War II the Soviets carried off all the equipment for their own use, leaving only the concrete structures. Designated a "technical landmark," the former Deutsche Versuchsanstalt für Luftfahrt (DVL, founded in 1912) structures now stand on the grounds of the DLR research center for aerospace technology. Web: www.dlr.de


WEB > Berlin Brandenburg Film Commission
WEB > Aeon Flux - Official Site (Paramount)
WEB > Berliner Unterwelten (Subterranean Berlin)


Berlin Aeon Trivia

• New Zealand actor Marton Csokas, who plays Trevor Goodchild in Aeon Flux, also appeared in The Bourne Supremacy, in which he played a gangster heavy, and the third Lord of the Ring film.

Nikolai Kinski, son of the late Klaus Kinski and brother of Nastassja Kinski, played the botanist/biologist Claudius in Aeon Flux.


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