INTERFILM 37 Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Berlin
16. - 21. November 2021


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Domas Petronis / Vytautas Plukas // Litauen // 2020 // 14:00 min

Live Action

In einem Labor wird ein Roboter erschaffen. Wie ein Neugeborenes analysiert die Maschine die Umgebung mit ihren Sinnen und dem begrenzten Wissen, über das sie verfügt. Was bedeutet es am Leben zu sein?

Drei Fragen an die Regie

1. Short Film has a unique way of telling stories and exploring themes. What is it that fascinates you about the short format?

Domas Petronis & Vytautas Plukas: I think feature films are much more dependant on classical structure because you need to keep the viewer involved and interested in the narrative for a quite long time period. I love that short films are much less dependant on that. Of course usually it needs at least some kind of structure but it is much more open for interpretation. Feature films usually portray complex ideas but short film can be just a sentence, sometimes that sentence is a question. Sometimes its something that you can’t even put to words like a mood or a feeling. I think thats where the short format is the most interesting.

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

Domas Petronis & Vytautas Plukas: I guess this program is about exposing something that wasn’t seen or talked about before. I think in our film “Ieva” the thing that is being exposed is the moral question that we will inevitably have to answer - where is the red line beyond which a some form of intelligence can be identified as alive? Can there even be a clear line? And I think its a super hard question because knowing that an object is alive is much more different than feeling it.

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

Domas Petronis & Vytautas Plukas: Well for me it wasn’t films that inspired me to pursue filmmaking, I think it was theatre and painting background. But of course when creating I try to take as much inspiration from other films as possible. For example when we were developing “Ieva” a big part of inspiration came from the film “Under the skin” by Johnathan Glazer. I just loved how the documentary and fiction mixed in the film to create these unique and very believable situations and moods. We were trying to do the same in “Ieva” as much as possible. And I think in the end its more a documentary than fiction.

Drehbuch: Vytautas Plukas

Kamera: Vytautas Plukas

Produktion: Dagne Vildziunaite

Regie: Domas Petronis, Vytautas Plukas

Schnitt: Vytautas Plukas

Sound Design: Iveta Maceviciute

Art Design: Sigita Jonaityte

Der Film wird in folgenden Programmen gezeigt


Lifting the Veil

17.11.21, 22:00h, Babylon 1

21.11.21, 18:00h, Pfefferberg Theater