What’s the last film you saw?
The last film I came across by chance was Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival“ on television which I rewatched.
What’s the last great film you saw?
“Once Upon a Time in America“ by Sergio Leone, a very long film in my opinion.
Are there films that are considered classics that you don’t like?
I don’t know all the so-called classics. The films of John Ford leave me cold and I don’t recognise their power.
What films might people be surprised to learn that you love?
I love “The Dark Knight“, the second part of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. I have seen the film at least 50 times and it inspired me each time. It may be far from my cinematic universe but in a deeper sense I find connections with the city, the characters and the darker side of the story.
Are there any contemporary filmmakers you feel close to?
For sure ; Vincent Gallo, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, James Gray, Paul Thomas Anderson, Ghassan Salhab, Tariq Teguia, etc. From “the old masters" ; David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, Béla Tarr.
Is there a film you feel you have seen too early in your life?
No, there are some movies that I haven’t seen yet and I have to make up for that.
What is it you search for in a film?
It should upset my deadlocked ideas and disrupt my way of thinking. This stimulates me in making and/or watching a film.