Perret in France and Algeria

A film by Heinz Emigholz | 2012 | 110 minutes

Directed by Heinz Emigholz, PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA is both biography and cultural commentary, telling the story of architectural pioneer Auguste Perret’s dual careers in these two countries. Many of the works that are described here are mired in history, including Parisian buildings destroyed (and later rebuilt by Perret) during World War II. Emigholz’s stunning visual storytelling investigates the architect’s relationship with the volatile societies where his designs came to life.


“Heinz Emigholz’s groundbreaking and spellbinding architectural films are, quite simply, cinematographic re-enactments of the immediate experience of spaces. With an often canted camera, he dissects the interior and exterior of a building, allowing the viewer to experience being there and, by studying a career of an architect, construct a biography solely based on the works, free of commentary…. PERRET presents a delicious juxtaposition between projects in France and public buildings built in Algeria, then under French colonial rule. More than ever, Emigholz places the buildings (erected between 1904 and 1954) in their contemporary social conditions; the result is a portrait of France and Algeria [today].”
– Cinema Scope