Perret in Frankreich und Algerien

  • 110'
  • Germany
  • 2012
If Parabeton - Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete hops back and forth in time, then Perret in France and Algeria criss-crosses the Mediterranean Sea. Thirty buildings or ensembles (which can mean whole city quarters) by Auguste Perret are explored: twenty-one in France and nine in Algeria. While the former are mostly carefully preserved and feel like memorials to themselves, the latter are often either put to uses other than their original ones (e.g. Oran cathedral, which is now a public library) or are used by a very different section of the populace (e.g. the Algiers yacht club).
Algeria, three months after Perret’s death, started a war of independence which it won. Now, France desperately tries to remain the same. In contrast to its Italian pendant but similar to Maillart’s Bridges, Perret in France and Algeria is imbued with a deep sense of melancholia, as becomes a work more concerned with the body than the soul.
Part twenty of Emigholz's architectural studies that form the film collection Photography and Beyond.

Director
Heinz Emigholz
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
2012
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
110'
Medium
DCP
International title
Perret in France and Algeria
Language
no dialogue
Producers
Frieder Schlaich, Irene von Alberti
Production Companies
Filmgalerie 451, WDR
Sales
Patra Spanou Film Marketing & Consulting
Screenplay
Heinz Emigholz
Cinematography
Heinz Emigholz
Editor
Heinz Emigholz, Till Beckmann
Sound Design
Jochen Jezussek, Christian Obermaier
Website
http://pym.de