|ENEMIES IN LOVE|
|Winner: Best Director Documentary Feature|
|Cast: ||Fabian Krnger, Mona Petri|
|Crew: ||Executive Producers: Sereina Gabathuler - Producers: Werner Schweizer - Screenwriters: Werner Schweizer - Cinematographer: Reinhard K÷cher, Carlotta Holy-steinemann - Editor: Kathrin Pluess|
«Enemies in love» tells the story of one of the most well-known, provocative and beautiful married couples of the recent Swiss history: Iris Meyer and Peter von Roten. Peter von Roten was the offspring of an aristocratic, conservative family of politicians coming from the very catholic canton of Wallis. He fell in love with the attractive law-student and she fell for him, despite their contrary moral and political convictions. For their marriage, Iris von Roten had enforced, that from the beginning on a full individuality of each partner in economic, professional and sexual matters must exist. The arguments of the pair are documented in an exciting, very rich exchange of around 1300 letters between 1943 and 1950 reminiscent of the correspondence of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. The film is based on these letters and the 2007 published book «Verliebte Feinde» («Enemies in Love») by Wilfried Meichtry. In fictional scenes - Mona Petri and Fabian Krüger as Iris and Peter von Roten - and interviews with friends and relatives and footage material, shows the film a sparkling picture of this difficult, passionate and unconventional relationship.
Werner Schweizer: Born 1955 in Kriens, citizen of Oensingen/SO. Author, director, producer and vintner.
Lives in Zürich and Ligerz/BE. After attending school in Oensingen, Jegenstorf and at the Gymnasium
Immensee, Werner Schweizer studied sociology, public relations and European folk
literature at the University of Zurich. He has been involved with video and film
since 1973. He is a cofounder of Video-Zentrum and the Videoladen cooperative,
Zurich («Züri brännt») and of the film production company Dschoint Ventschr AG
as of 1994, together with Samir and Karin Koch.
From 1983 to 1989 he worked as an author and freelance journalist. Between
1987-89 he completed his first documentary film for the cinema. Since then he
has worked as the author and director of documentary films for cinema and television.
Werner Schweizer is a graduate of European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE,
1990) and has since also worked as a producer at Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion
with a focus on documentary film. His many productions include, for example, the
documentary films «Skinhead Attitude» and «Dirty Paradise» by Daniel Schweizer,
«Hell on Wheels» and «Joschka and Sir Fischer» by Pepe Danquart, «Geysir and
Goliath» by Alexander J. Seiler, but also feature films such as «Clandestins» by Nicolas
Wadimoff or «Die schwache Stunde (The weak hour)» by Danielle Giuliani.
Werner Schweizer was co-producer of the «atelierzerodeux» at the expo
02 in Biel (2001-2002) and is also active in Swiss film politics, among other things
on the board of trustees of the Cinémathèque Suisse in Lausanne and chairman of
the authors' rights cooperative Suissimage.
Werner Schweizer is the co-author of the books «Leben im Widerspruch
– Amalie und Theo Pinkus» (1987/1994, Limmatverlag Zurich) and «Der Fall Noel
Field» (2005, Basisdruck Berlin).