Q&A

Interviews and conversations with filmmakers worldwide.

Q & A: NELE WOHLATZ

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By Carlos Rentería

Nele Wolhatz was born in Hannover, Germany, but has been living in Argentina for a number of years now. It is in this country where she directed the short film Novios del Campo and her feature film Ricardo Bär. In this pleasant conversation, he talks about different processes: the ones of her last film, of films in general and its frontiers, and the migration process.

Q & A: PATRICIO GUZMÁN

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By Christopher Small

The prestigious Chilean filmmaker answers some questions about “El Botón de Nacar”, the Silver Bear recipient in last year Berlinale.

Q & A: YANN BEAUVAIS

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In this interview with Yann Beauvais we speak about the relations between film and text. Non-narrative aspects of text in filmmaking, text as image, and try to stablish a minor history of film text pieces.

Q & A: ALEXANDRE LAROSE

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By Tess L. Takahashi

Alexandre Larose is a Montreal-based filmmaker, and has screened work at venues like Projections (NYC), Wavelengths (Toronto), Images Festival (Toronto), Media City (Windsor), the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. He has also produced the installation Round Trip at the Eastern Bloc in Montréal (in collaboration with Heather Reid) and has made numerous experimental shorts including 930 (2006), Le Corps Humain (2006), Artifices #1 (2007), La Grande Dame (2011), and j (2008, co-directed with Solomon Nagler).

Q & A: STINE MARIE JACOBSEN

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By Pamela Cohn

Direct Approach is an art project as well as a practical working method on how to talk about violence and, through memories of violent scenes in film, creatively, theoretically and practically work with the themes surrounding it. Jacobsen has collected “statements of violence” shared by several different people of all ages and walks of life here in Berlin that she’s approached and asked to participate.

Q & A: JAN SOLDAT

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By Pamela Cohn

Jan Soldat’s documentary work is the purest storytelling I’ve seen in cinema. What might blur or mar this purity, at first blush, is the subject matter he tends to choose. But like many filmmakers I’ve spoken to, he uses his craft in order to search, to seek and to satisfy his own unending curiosities about his fellow human beings.

Q & A: VERONIKA LIŠKOVÁ

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By Pamela Cohn

Czech filmmaker Veronika Lišková followed Daniel for one year as he introduces his family, friends, and the society in which he lives into his world living as a pedophile. An exceedingly empathetic and human-scale story, Daniel’s World captures both the public and private moments of his confessions.

Q & A: PETER VON BAGH (1943-2014)

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By Julian Ross

Just two years ago, Peter von Bagh (1943-2014) was the subject of a Signals retrospective programme at the 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam. I’m ashamed to say I had never heard of him before. But the idea of a reverse Pickpocket in the form of Pockpicket eli katkelmia helsinkilaisen porvarisnuoren elämästä (Pockpicket – Recollections of a Helsinki Bourgeois Youth, 1968) intrigued me and I headed to the cinema.

Q & A: NATHAN SILVER

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By Mónica Delgado & José Sarmiento Hinojosa

Let’s get things straight: Nathan Silver makes cinema in a “family key”, literally. He acts with his parents, his friends become lead characters for his films and his ex-girlfriend isn’t afraid to be directed by him. Overall, he impregnates this familiar game of being and becoming with the humor and complicity of his films. Desistfilm talked with this exceptional New York filmmaker who promises to keep surprising us with an unexplored face of irony.

Q & A: CS LEIGH

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CS Leigh and Guillaume Depardieu in the set of Process (2004) By José Sarmiento Hinojosa The enigma of CS Leigh, one of the most obscure filmmakers of the last twenty years, seems to be a legend constructed through the indifference of Leigh himself and a number of different people setting their energies on creating the myth he […]

Q & A: AMRIT GANGAR. PRAYOGA, POSSIBILITIES OF CINEMA, CONVERSATIONS AND CONTEMPLATIONS

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By Ranjana Raghunathan

Amrit Gangar is a Mumbai-based independent writer, film theorist, curator and historian. He has worked in the field of cinema in various capacities for over three decades. He has written widely on Indian cinema, and co-founded the Mumbai-based film society Screen Unit, which he ran for over twenty years. During those years, he curated a number of programmes and published books.

Q & A: KEN JACOBS

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By David Phelps

A symptomatic story of many others internationally at the time, and yet taking to the streets in the most practical way—arming the populace with cameras, audio recorders, and basic editing proficiency—seems a particularly Ken Jacobs-like idea of home movie activism.