While tidying up, a character finds a poem by Bertolt Brecht and now has to act in accordance with the text. But how, when the mechanisms of repression are so powerful?
Three Questions for the Director
1. Short Film has a unique way of telling stories and exploring themes. What is it that fascinates you about the short format?
Anne Isensee: What I like about short films is that they are short. I'm serious. I highly appreciate things that don't take longer then they need, so you'll have more time for those things that actually need a lot of time. There is something very humble in short film making. They don't ask for much, but they do give a lot. The only thing they are asking for is your undivided attention, that's why they are best to be watched in a cinema.
2. The program your film is selected for is called “Hier hast du einen Kopf, jetzt kannst du sehen.”: What connection do you see between your film and that title?
Anne Isensee: That's a nice bridge from my previous answer, because it sounds like a contradiction. Our short film is not an invitation to lean back and relax. This one is actually asking a lot: It is asking the audience to give itself an answer. But this is not because the film is mean, but rather because the film thinks that we all know what we should say or do, we just tend to be too idle or too scared to do it. So the connection is that both "Dieser Film heißt aus rechtlichen Gründen Breaking Bert" and the program title implicate: we all have a head and now it is on ourselves to make use of it.
3. What film has inspried you most to make films yourself and what part of it do you see in your own work?
Anne Isensee: I am sorry, but it is impossible to answer this question. I like too many films for very different reasons and there is no superlative. I can only say that I was inspired by Marjane Satrapi not to be scared to tell personal stories. I was inspired by Sean Baker to believe that we can find ourselves in other perople's stories, no matter how different their lifes are from ours. And I was inspired by Sonja Rohleder, who manages to reduce the visual to the absolutely necessary without neglecting the beauty.
Animation: Anne Isensee
Screenplay: Anne Isensee
Score: Franziska May
Producer: Lorena Junghans
Director: Anne Isensee
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Editor: Anne Isensee
Sound Design: Jonathan Hamann
Sound Mixing: Irma Heinig
Voice Over: Anne Isensee
Art Design: Anne Isensee
Special Effects: Arun Leander Boudodimos
Sound Editing: Jonathan Hamann