Q&A

Interviews and conversations with filmmakers worldwide.

Q & A: JOHAN GRIMONPREZ

By Mónica Delgado

In the recent edition of DocumentaMadrid, multimedia artist and filmmaker Johan Grimonprez presented his new documentary, Blue Orchids, an appendix about the global corruption and weapons trafficking, which forms a diptych with Shadow world, his previous documentary feature. In this film, the filmmaker returns to interview a strange and fascinating characters, and together he builds a tale about one of his conceptual motifs, the figure of the double and the media as simulacra and ideological trap. In this visit to DocumentaMadrid, Desistfilm talked to him about some political aspects of his most representative films.

Q & A: LAILA PAKALNINA

By Monica Delgado

We met Laila Pakalnina, recognized Latvian filmmaker with a special focus in this last DocumentaMadrid Film Festival. Her remarkable body of work is composed by short films, documentaries and fiction features, from The Linen (1991) to Hello Horse! (2017). In this dialogue we talk to her about the motifs in her films and her chosen style. 

LISA TRUTTMANN: “IN THE ESSAY FILM, NOT EVERYTHING CAN BE VERIFIED”

By Vladimir Seput

Lisa Truttmann (1983, St. Pölten) is an Austrian artist and filmmaker based in Vienna. “In her work she weaves documentary elements into staged settings and essayistic montages, tracing the structures of social, urban and natural landscapes” (www.lisatruttmann.at). She studied Transmedia Arts at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and received a Fulbright scholarship for her graduate studies in Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts. Her latest film Tarpaulins is a beautiful essay film screened at the festival of Austrian film Diagonale in Graz this March. In that compelling new work she dedicated two years to follow sculpture-like tents for termite fumigation in Los Angeles and used that phenomena to reflect upon concepts of home, uncanny, destruction and creation. We talked to Lisa about Tarpaulins, her inspiration behind it and her work as a moving image artist.

F.J. OSSANG ANSWERS THE PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE

A few weeks ago, the Curtocircuito Film Festival in Santiago de Compostela took place. In this venue, French filmmaker F.J. Ossang participated with a retrospective of his work. From that stay we share his answers to this Proust test.

A CONVERSATION WITH PETER TSCHERKASSKY AND EVE HELLER

By Mónica Delgado, José Sarmiento Hinojosa, Ivonne Sheen

In the framework of their last masterclass in Lima, in the context of Al Este de Lima Film Festival, some of us Desistfilmers had a chance to enjoy lunch and a nice conversation with Austrian film maverick Peter Tscherkassky and American avant-garde filmmaker Eve Heller, one of the most talented couples in the experimental film world working today. In a relaxed friendly meeting, we talked about their work, their ideas on cinema and other things regarding the current status of the film universe.

AFFONSO UCHOA: “IN ARABY (ARÁBIA) THE OPPRESSION IS A SOCIAL CONDITION”

By Mónica Delgado

Winner of Best film on the “Hoy” Ibero-american Competition in Lima Independiente Film Festival, and premiered in BAFICI, Arábia still affirms Uchoa as one of the most careful and original filmmakers in Brazil, and now with Dumans, with whom he had worked in his previous film (the excellent A Hidden Tiger), both promise more works of an esteemed universe. We talked with Affonso Uchoa on his work in Arábia.

JUSTINE TRIET: “IT’S VERY IMPORTANT FOR ME TO BE VERY INCISIVE WITH THE SOCIAL ISSUES”

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

We approached French filmmaker Justine Triet on the latest French Election Day, something that coincided with the day in which Age of Panic (2013), her first feature film was set. Her last film, Victoria (2016), her personal work on set, her influence as a documentary filmmaker and her view on the current political movements on the day, were some of the topics we dealt with in this intimate conversation. 

Q & A: MARC HURTADO. “FILM BY FILM I’VE BUILT THE MAUSOLEUM OF MY CINEMA”

By Mónica Delgado and José Sarmiento Hinojosa

The recent edition of BAFICI (Buenos Aires Film Festival) dedicated a focus on Marc Hurtado’s work, a French filmmaker born in Morocco, of Spanish and Sicilian origins, the heart and brain of the mythical band Etánt Donnés. This work consisted 14 shorts and a feature film under his name and one short and a feature film with his brother Eric, under the moniker Etánt Donnés. Among his works is the feature film Jajouka, quelque chose de bon vient vers toi, which is considered an essential work of the 21st century.

We talked with Marc Hurtado, who talked about his cinema through his vision of the divine and his main influences.

Q & A: NELE WOHLATZ

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

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

By .txt texto de cinema

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.