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PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA (PERRET IN FRANKREICH UND ALGERIEN)

PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA
photo © Heinz Emigholz

The film PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA presents thirty buildings and architectural ensembles of the French architects and construction engineers Auguste and Gustave Perret. Auguste Perret has masterfully refined concrete construction in the implementation of his projects and instilled in them a classical expression. Working in parallel to the execution of numerous construction projects in France, Perret was building under conditions of colonialism in North Africa. The film traces this division chronologically. The buildings erected in Algeria from 1912 until 1952 are for the first time the subject of a film, as are the ones built in France. The edifices of Perret in France and their continued existence in the present are thus juxtaposed to his projects realized in North Africa. A differentiated interaction with the "architectural heritage" in diverging cultures thereby becomes visible. The fate of Western architectural modernism along with its symbolic value and sustainability in the everyday interaction with its resulting products in varying social conditions and landscapes comes into view.


Heinz Emigholz was born in 1948 near Bremen. He trained as a draftsman and studied Philosophy and Literature in Hamburg. Since 1973, he has worked as an independent filmmaker, artist, writer and producer in Germany and the USA. In 1974 he started his encyclopaedic drawing series THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP. He looks back on numerous exhibitions, retrospectives, lectures and publications. In 1984 he started his film series PHOTOGRAPHY AND BEYOND. He has held a professorship in Experimental Filmmaking at the Universität der Künste Berlin since 1993, and co-founded the Institute for Time-based Media and the Art and Media program there. A selection of his highly-acclaimed films includes: SCHENEC-TADY I-III (1973-1975), ARROWPLANE (1974), TIDE (1974), HOTEL (1976), DEMON (1977), NORMALSATZ (1981), THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP I-III (1983-2004), DIE WIESE DER SACHEN (1987), DER ZYNISCHE KÖRPER (1990), SULLIVAN’S BANKS (2000), MISCELLANEA I-III (2001-2004), GOFF IN THE DESERT (2003), D'ANNUNZIO’S CAVE (2005), SCHINDLER’S HOUSES (2007), LOOS ORNAMENTAL (2008), SENSE OF ARCHITECTURE (2009), PARABETON-PIER LUIGI NERVI AND ROMAN CONCRETE (2012), PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA (2012), TWO MUSEUMS (2013), and STREETSCAPES (2017). More at www.pym.de.
Genre Art, Architecture, Experimental
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2012
Director Heinz Emigholz
Cinematography Heinz Emigholz
Producers Frieder Schlaich, Irene von Alberti
Production Company Filmgalerie 451, in co-production with WDR
Length 110 min
Format HD, DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 no dialogue
Festivals Locarno 2012, Toronto 2012, Kaunas 2012, Vancouver 2012, Viennale 2012, Duisburger Filmwoche 2012, Documentary Fortnight: MoMA New York 2013, Haifa 2013, Haifa 2013, Ghent 2013, Doclisboa 2013
With backing from BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
German Distributor Filmgalerie 451

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