Short Talks 2012 - Revisited

Short Talks 2012
Just like world premieres and debut films, retrospection is an important part of the Berlinale. Therefore, this blog shouldn't be shy of presenting a late recap of our Short Talks 2012 interviews.

Joung Yumi & Hirofumi Nakamoto - Not lost in translation

Joung Yumi (Love Games) is from the Republic of Korea. Hirofumi Nakamoto (The Silent Passenger) comes from Japan. The three of us communicate with the help of two interpreters who translate to English and German.

Clément Decaudin - Music without words

Two musicians approaching their joint composition without speaking a word to each other. Clément Decaudin observed the duo PNEU at rehearsals and a live concert through his camera. - I watched him through mine.

Kwaku Ananse - Fabulous Akosua Adoma Owusu

Kwaku Ananse is Akosua Adoma Owusu's cinematic adaptation of a popular fable from Ghana. I've met the director along with her associate producer Sumie García and production manager William Boateng at the Marriott Hotel close-by Potsdamer Platz.

Echo - Merlin's magic in black & white

Short Talks shows Merlin Flügel the same way he presents his abstract short film Echo to us - in black and white. During the interview the German animation artist briefly hits on a topic, that recently became the center of media attention after the Berlinale 2013.

A City Within a City - Cylixe within a party

© Daniel Pook / Short Talks 2013
When meeting Cylixe my first question was about her alias. The German director who now lives in New York City just puzzled around with her favorite letters and then figured out a combination which at that time didn't show any results on Google.

Tabatô - João Viana talks war in peace

"You think my film was selected for political reasons?" - João Viana has proved to be a mindful interview partner who doesn't back away from asking questions in reverse. Besides interesting philosophy about art itself, he also talks a special characteristic of his body, that gives him a unique view on films' visuals.

Undress Me - In Bed with Victor & Jana

The first interview of 2013. The first interview in a hotel room. The first Interview in bed. My conversation with director Victor Lindgren and actress Jana Bringlöv Ekspong (Undress Me) was a premiere in many ways.

Short Times at the Berlinale

I prefer my Berlinale "short". I've watched every short film since 2008, cheered their award winners and interviewed a lot of exciting directors. It's 2013 now, I'm sitting in the first screenings of the new program and I say to myself:

"Amazing, there's still so much to discover at the Shorts."