Q&A

Interviews and conversations with filmmakers worldwide.

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.

ANTONI PINENT: “ANALOG FILM SHOULDN’T BE A LUXURY OR A WHIM BUT A WAY TO UNDERSTAND PHANTASMAGORIA”

Interview: Mónica Delgado
Translated by José Sarmiento Hinojosa

Antoni Pinent, filmmaker, curator and investigator, visited Lima, Peru to give a masterclass and workshop for the International Showcase of Audiovisual Appropriation – MUTA. Pinent, besides being a filmmaker, is a recognized experimental film curator in and outside Spain. Programmer of Xcèntric, Contemporary Center of Culture of Barcelona, and of the expos THAT’S NOT ENTERTAINMENT! – Cinema answers to cinema (2006-2007) and the famous and influential itinerant program DEL ÉXTASIS AL ARREBATO (From Ecstasy to Rapture, 2009-2012), on 50 years of the “other” Spanish cinema. His films, among them G/R/E/A/S/E (2008-2013) and FILM QUARTET / POLYFRAME (2006-2008) have been projected in different international festivals, both being awarded in several of them. In 2008, FILM QUARTET / POLYFRAME received the award of the Biennial Museum of Contemporary Cinema Foundation (New York, París, Madrid).

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

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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

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

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

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.