Pursued by a little creature, a man is driven to the edge of insanity.
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?
Malte Stein: In its wide variety of being told (as a fragment, as an atmospheric impression, but also as a complex story, etc.), the short format gives the necessary room to experiment with the abilities to transfer a content by visuals, sounds and story. Because of that, the short film is the most important way to establish the unusual and to increase our ability to understand, to interpret and to open our mind.
2. The program your film is selected for is called “Die lange Nacht des abwegigen Films”: What connection do you see between your film and that title?
Malte Stein: I think my film THING fits really well in the programme “Die lange Nacht des abwegigen Films”. Probably, it appears for us „abwegig“, because of the lack of a moral or responsible statement. To do exactly the opposite was for me a reason, why I did the film. Already to call the appearing creature THING is part of the provocation; we are watching the film from the point of view of a psychotic person. The Thing is for me something like a demonic projection of his innermost fears, his helpless frustration and anger. It’s a symbol for how ridiculous our anger can be and how scary our impulsive actions. The film is also about the phenomena, by which people sometimes misuse weaker individuals or creatures in order to liberate their inner frustration. For self empowerment. I think, that concerns us all, and yes, sometimes it’s painful to be a human being. Beside those heavy issues, I did the film in a funny way (it had to be funny, because otherwise it would be unbearable!). There is action, dark humour and great feelings. Easy entertainment that breaks our balls. That’s what animation is there for.
3. What film has inspried you most to make films yourself and what part of it do you see in your own work?
Malte Stein: My most significant cinema experience was to watch “Days of eclipse” by Alexandr Sokurov. It made me understand, that film is Art and it inspired me to imagine life in a cinematographic way.
Animation: Malte Stein
Screenplay: Malte Stein
Director of Photography: Malte Stein
Score: Malte Stein
Producer: Malte Stein
Director: Malte Stein
Sales Agent: Malte Stein
Editor: Malte Stein
Sound Design: Malte Stein
Sound Mixing: Michał Krajczok
Art Design: Malte Stein
Sound Editing: Malte Stein
17.11.21, 18:00h, Babylon 1
19.11.21, 20:30h, Pfefferberg Theater
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19.11.21, 22:00h, Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz