“Where is the child I was?
Is it still in me or gone?
… when will the butterfly read what is written
on its wings in flight?”
We had already filmed some days in Menton and in the mountains with two mountain bikers. One last missing shot literally fell into the water due to an approaching thunderstorm. Our actors had to leave in the evening. As an emergency solution, we had to shoot a view on a street from a high altitude location. When we turned on the camera, two mountain bikers were riding down the road – they were wearing blue and yellow jerseys. Just like our actors, who were already back in Paris.
Picasso once wrote, that there is creativity, but it has to find you in the work. I think that if we show imagination, flexibility and constancy, the creativity of the film people can also be helped by luck. You shouldn’t rely on that. So my motto is, you only lose when you give up.
Documentaries about historical subjects are my special passion. As a graduated historian, I combine profound historical knowledge with many years of experience in documentary film as a screenplay writer and director.
Standing up for culture
“Where would the German economy be today if the arts ministers had been responsible for it in recent months?” asked Hansjörg Albrecht at Königsplatz. Together with Christian Gerhaher, he called for more support and assistance for artists in need. It is not only a question of money. Artists without an audience are simply inconceivable. This connection between the artist’s performance and his audience is alien to bureaucratic thinking. In our politics, problems and their solutions are consistently reduced to necessary amounts of money. Of course, we are also concerned with being able to live off one’s achievements in a measured way, but above all, we are concerned with something fundamental. Artists need an audience and an exchange with them in order to develop their work. That is what makes the lockdown so destructive for art.
Some impressions from the rally at Königsplatz in Munich on 15 May 2021 (Pictures: SB)
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