The wonderfully eccentric Swedish director Roy Andersson is part of a series of conversations between filmmakers at the Berlinale

Posted on February 20, 2020


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It’s always special when filmmakers speak with filmmakers. Two of my favourite books on cinema are François Truffaut’s interviews with Alfred Hitchcock, and Cameron Crowe’s interviews with Billy Wilder. Sometimes, the questions appear basic, as when Crowe asks: “Who wrote the last line in The Apartment — “Shut up and deal” — you or I.A.L. Diamond?” Sometimes, you see the filmmaker (the filmmaking) in the question, as when Truffaut asks [about Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in North by Northwest], “Their bodies glide along the panel, making two complete turns as they kiss each other. On the screen it’s absolutely perfect, yet it must have seemed completely illogical during the shooting.”

The Berlinale, this year, presents a live version of such conversations. In a special programme called “On Transmission”, seven filmmakers — “whose films have shaped the Berlinale”, in the words of the festival’s Artistic Director, Carlo Chatrian — have been called upon to select one filmmaker to whom they feel attached and with whom they would like to converse about cinema. Films of both directors will be shown, followed by a discussion. “The result is a programme that is just as fascinating, as it is unexpected: Thanks to the contributions of these 14 directors, both a festival narrative and a vivid picture of cinema are created, documented in a time of audiovisual change,” says Chatrian.

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