German Language Filmfest: Enemies In Love

(Verliebte Feinde)

Presented by the Embassies of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in Ottawa as part of the German-Language FilmFest

German Language FilmfestEnemies In Love tells the story of one of the most well-known, controversial, and celebrated 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. Peter von Roten fell in love with the attractive law student Iris Meyer and she for him, despite their extremely contrary moral and political convictions.

Poster art for Enemies In LoveIn marriage, Iris von Roten insisted that each partner maintain full individuality in economic, professional and sexual matters. Their arguments about this are documented in an exciting, very rich exchange of over 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 book Verliebte Feinde (Enemies In Love) by Wilfried Meichtry. In fictional scenes – Mona Petri and Fabian Krüger as Iris and Peter von Roten – as well as archival footage and interviews with friends and relatives, the film shows a sparkling picture of this difficult, passionate and unconventional relationship.

– Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion

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