Kevin Contento - There's something powerful in the ordinary

Filmmaker Kevin Contento at Berlinale 2023 / © Daniel Pook (2023) /
Kevin Contentos Berlinale 2023 nominated short film From Fish to Moon puts audiences in a small, remote American supermarket where they listen to everyday conversations of its employees and not least some poetry. Contento shot the film at an actual local grocery store in Pahokee, which he had always found to be visually captivating.

Donatienne Berthereau - If we want to be sincere, we have to be in the present moment

Director Donatienne Berthereau interviewed by Short Talks at Berlinale 2023 (© Daniel Pook /
Director Donatienne Berthereau did not want to leave the collective memory of the end of the close 2022 presidential election in France solely to the usual media coverage. Her film Nuits blanches shows a fictional story about a young woman feeling lost, drifting through that night that seemed to take the whole country's breath away.

Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck - A push for more media literacy

Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck at Berlinale 2023 / © Daniel Pook & (2023)
When we first interviewed them for Short Talks in 2016, the two Swedish directors Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck already described to us the core concept and even entire scenes that would later grow into their feature-length film And the King Said, What a Fantastic Machine.

Bruno Ribeiro - Sound in the order of narrative perspective

Silver Bear winner Bruno Ribeiro at BER Airport after Berlinale 2022 (© Daniel Pook / /
Bruno Ribeiro was presented with the Silver Bear at the 2022 Berlinale for his short Manhã de Domingo. His artistic inspiration considerably draws from admiration for Japanese director Yasujirô Ozu. This is just one thing we learned from talking to Bruno at the Berlin Brandenburg Airport in our last minute interview.

Antonio Marziale & Eli Raskin - How an audio tape made Starfuckers happen

Antonio Marziale & Eli Raskin at Berlinale 2022 (© Daniel Pook / /
Starfuckers by writer/director/actor Antonio Marziale starts out as a suspenseful erotic thriller playing with typical Hollywood power dynamics - until it all of a sudden unravels itself into a surreal musical performance revealing the true intent of its protagonist.

Damián Sainz - Cuban youth in the LGBTQ culture

Cuban director Damián Sainz at Filmfest Dresden 2019 (© Daniel Pook / /
Director Damián Sainz delves into the themes of LGBTQ culture and Cuban youth, garnering recognition at international film festivals. We met him at Filmfest Dresden 2019 where he told us how watching his own films with an audience gives them a whole different meaning.

Pedro Cabeleira - Be judgemental in your narrative, not with your camera

Director Pedro Cabeleira at Berlinale 2022 (© Daniel Pook / /

In this Short Talks portrait Pedro Cabeleira, who also directed the feature "Verão Danado", describes his creative process behind the Berlinale 2022 short film By Flávio and how his choices there reflect his general approach as a director on all of his projects.