INTERFILM 37 International Short Film Festival Berlin
16 - 21 November 2021

Dieser Film heißt aus rechtlichen Gründen Breaking Bert

Dieser Film heißt aus rechtlichen Gründen Breaking Bert

Due to legal Reasons this Film is called Breaking Bert

Anne Isensee // Germany // 2020 // 04:37 min


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

Sales Agent: Filmuniversität Babelsberg Filmuniversität Babelsberg, Cord Dueppe

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

The film is shown in the following programs