Documentary, 85 min.


by Véronique Goël

Switzerland, August 1996

Located in La Tour-de-Peilz on the shores of lake Geneva, Villa Kenwin was built in 1930-1931 by Hermann Henselmann, a 25-year-old architect from Berlin (who will later become the chief architect for East-Berlin) for Kenneth Macpherson and Winifred Ellerman (Bryher). Part of a complex story, Villa Kenwin “monumentalises” a kind of modernist utopia: creation ex nihilo, extraneous to its surrounding which rejects it, the villa exemplifies the life of a social world which deploys itself as an international network of people who share common cultural affinities and live anti-conformist’s way of life. Bryher – the writer – and Macpherson – the filmmaker – lived and worked there several years with their american friend, the poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle-Aldington) and her daughter Perdita. Later on, each lived on its own and only Bryher will remain in Villa Kenwin till her death in 1983. In 1987, the villa was bought and entirely restored by its actual owner, the architect Giovanni Pezzoli. Through pictures of the villa as it stands today and archival material, the film provides a subjective approach to that story.

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Directed by: Véronique Goël
Written by: Véronique Goël

World Premiere: August 1996
Original Version: English, colour and b/w, 16mm, 85 min.


Production: Scherzo films

Cinematography: Axel Brandt
Editing: Véronique Goël
Location Sound Mix: Laurent Barbey
Rerecording Sound Mix: Florian Eidenbenz
Music: George Antheil

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