Interview with Ga-eun Yoon about THE WORLD OF US

“What is loneliness and where does it come from?”
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Director Ga-eun Yoon still wonders humbly if the emotions in her deeply touching film THE WORLD OF US can be understood worldwide. They certainly can! The film does not tell a straight-forward bullying story, but speaks of an outsider, a vulnerable girl drowning in supreme loneliness. Sun, 10 years old, tries to fit in, but is ignored by everyone, always the last to be picked out for class teams. Everything seems to change the day she meets Jia… Continue reading “Interview with Ga-eun Yoon about THE WORLD OF US”

Catti Edfeldt and Lena Hanno Clyne about SIV SLEEPS ASTRAY

ssv_pressphoto_creditkarolinapajak_04_5kSIV SLEEPS ASTRAY, this year’s Generation opening film, takes you to a territory seldom explored: a live action film for a very young audience, situated in the twilight zone between dream and reality. When Siv sleeps over at her friend Cerisia’s for the first time, she enters an unfamiliar environment: weird parents, weird animals, weird food… By night the entire flat turns into an unreal place. Siv wants to return home as soon as possible, but dad’s phone number is safely stored in Cerisia’s pyjamas. But where is Cerisia suddenly? Siv starts wandering through the house… Continue reading “Catti Edfeldt and Lena Hanno Clyne about SIV SLEEPS ASTRAY”

Bruce Webb about SOCIAL SUICIDE

We will all end up big and fat

Bruce_Webb17-year-old Balthazar constantly films his friends on the streets or at parties and puts his material online. When one morning two teenagers are found dead, Balthazar’s footage becomes important evidence for a police officer trying to reconstruct the crime. Will Balthazar become an indispensable element in the police investigation or will his voyeuristic habits now turn against him? In SOCIAL SUICIDE, vaguely structured as a contemporary ‘Romeo & Juliet’ story, director Bruce Webb (THE BE ALL AND END ALL) shines a light on youngsters’ abuse of power in today’s world of social media. Continue reading “Bruce Webb about SOCIAL SUICIDE”

Yosef Baraki about the film MINA WALKING

Mina_Walking_3MINA WALKING might be one of the strongest feminine testimonies you’ve ever seen. Twelve-year-old Mina from Kabul has her hands full: keeping house and earning money for her father and grandfather. She has long since become accustomed to not expecting any praise for her sacrifice. She rarely finds time to play with friends. Things get even worse when it slowly dawns on her what kind of arrangements her father makes and where he has suddenly got money from… Director Yosef Baraki, living in Canada, was at the Schlingel Festival. Continue reading “Yosef Baraki about the film MINA WALKING”

Tessa Schram about PAINKILLERS

The choice for atmospheric bricks

Painkillers_5One by one, the books of Dutch author Carry Slee were adapted in movies such as REGRET!, XTC – JUST DON’T DO IT, TIMBUKTU by the scriptwriting / directing couple Maria Peters & Dave Schram. Now their daughter Tessa Schram makes her directorial debut with yet another Carry Slee movie. In PAINKILLERS Casper (Gijs Blom), a gifted young musician, lives with his mother. The only thing he knows about his father is that he is working abroad as a war photographer. When mum gets diagnosed with cancer, Casper’s whole life is turned upside down. School, love, his musical career… nothing seems easy any more. Continue reading “Tessa Schram about PAINKILLERS”

Olivier & Yves Ringer about BIRDS OF PASSAGE

Each chirp was thoroughly discussed

Birds_of_Passage_Foto_8For the third time in a row Belgian brothers Olivier & Yves Ringer produced a film for a young audience. In BIRDS OF PASSAGE (‘Les Oiseaux de Passage’) the timid Cathy and her wheelchair bound friend Margaux take care of a duckling. Cathy got the egg as a birthday gift, but the duckling chose Margaux as her ‘mother’, despite the fact that she can’t take care of the animal. They leave in secret on a trip to the river delta, to set the duckling free, to the despair of their over-concerned parents. Continue reading “Olivier & Yves Ringer about BIRDS OF PASSAGE”

Interview with Pierre Dulaine (DANCING IN JAFFA)

“I’m fighting what I see every day in the New York City streets”

Dancing_in_Jaffa_2Pierre Dulaine is currently based in Lebanon, as a jury member for the Middle East ‘So you think you can dance’ edition. He took a few days off to visit Brussels on the occasion of the Filem’on children’s film festival. I’m rather wary, as the Mr. Pierre we see in DANCING IN JAFFA is so charismatic and ‘bigger than life’ that I can’t be but disappointed when meeting him in real life. But I’m not! Pierre Dulaine is a chatterbox, charming and eloquent, describing himself justly as ‘a people’s person’: “I’m comfortable with people” and he has the gift to make other people feel comfortable too. Continue reading “Interview with Pierre Dulaine (DANCING IN JAFFA)”

Interview with Thomas Heinemann (LOLA ON THE PEA)

“Two ponies and one fish”

Thomas_HeinemannEver since her father ‘vanished in thin air’, Lola (11) lives with her mum on a houseboat on the river. More and more Lola withdraws from real life, cherishing her father’s souvenirs and memories. She becomes a loner, an outcast. Until two newcomers shake her world upside down: Kurt, applying to become her mum’s new boyfriend, and Rebin, a refugee boy staying illegally with his family in Germany. They force Lola to take action and leave her world of dreams. LOLA ON THE PEA tackles some serious issues in a playful way, in a festive celebration of colours and music. This makes the film by Thomas Heinemann perfectly accessible for a very young audience. We only wondered why in LOLA ON THE PEA some adults behave like caricatures. Continue reading “Interview with Thomas Heinemann (LOLA ON THE PEA)”