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

Little Berlin

Little Berlin

Kate McMullen // France // 2020 // 13:00 min

Live Action

As the Iron Curtain divides his little German village into two halves, Peter the bull is separated from his 36 cows. Based on a true story, narrated by Christoph Waltz.

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?

Kate McMullen: There's something enticing about dipping your toes into a whole new world, just to tell an anecdote. Little Berlin is about a bull who got separated from his cows by the Iron Curtain - it's not worth a three-hour screenplay, but it was wonderful to explore nonetheless, and that's the beauty of low-budget independent shorts.

2. The program your film is selected for is called “Reality Bites”: What connection do you see between your film and that title?

Kate McMullen: The lines between fact and fiction are blurred in Little Berlin. It was difficult to psychologically profile a heart-broken West German bull without deviating a little into half-truths. But when you consider the historical facts of the story, you see how absurd reality can be. Powerful forces decided which cows were communist and which were democratic. To me, that's not just stranger than fiction, it's a complete farce.

3. What film has inspired you most to make films yourself and what part of it do you see in your own work?

Kate McMullen: There are always so many... I'd particularly mention some of my favourite satirical films, like Duck Soup, Dr Strangelove, Chicken Run and The Death of Stalin. They're pure entertainment, but with moral purpose - and I suppose that's what I aspired to with Little Berlin. I'm a great believer in satire. Without the humour, people can feel they're being shouted at, but the best satire feels more like a release valve for viewers. That's what I'm aiming for.

Producer: Paul Wauters, Sophie Martin

Director: Kate McMullen

Sales Agent: Nicolas d'Autryve

The film is shown in the following programs

Special Programs

Reality Bites

19.11.21, 20:30h, Babylon 2

20.11.21, 21:00h, Zeiss-Großplanetarium Kino