Every year, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival collects a great selection of short films, made by film students and graduates from various countries of Europe. With their unique style, vision and brave mix of genres, the 10 newcomer directors of the Future Frames are showing a promising future for the European cinema. We made a short interview with all directors who got selected, meet Clemens Pichler, director of the short film Diorama.
Director’s bio: After leaving school, Clemens worked as a stage technician and assistant director at theatres in Munich before starting work on his first short SHIT HAPPENS which was invited to the festivals in Hof and Saarbrücken. He studied Directing at the University of Television and Film in Munich and saw his experimental drama DIORAMA being shortlisted for the Nationalgalerie/German Film Academy’s „Förderpreis für Filmkunst” in 2015.
Diorama: Diorama is a nightmarish trip through a couple’s memories and projections at the end of their long on/off relationship. The film depicts the the couple’s quest for the one true love, which, however, remains unfulfilled.
A sparse desert landscape provides the surreal setting where Kolja and Rocio confront each other with memories of the darkest and manic moments of their time together. For them, the desert is not only a travel destination they never made it to but also represents a place of longing and hope. For an instant, a change of perspective and a chance to reconnect seems possible.
However, the past has a firm grip on them and will not let go. Fond memories of the crazy-romantic beginning of their relationship are overcome by desires and anxieties. The cautious quest for new beginning ends as disaster – again. During their encounter in the unreal desert, their thoughts are haunted more and more by images from the past.
What was your first thought when you realised you got into the Future Frames?
Great! Karlovy Vary!!!
How do you prepare for the festival? What do you expect from it?
I read the wiki article about the city and googled my fellow future frame participants. I hope that by being able to present my film in such a prestigious festival, it will be easier to find fundings for realizing my next project.
How is the film education in your school? Do you get funds for your short films there?
The HFF-Munich is a really good film school, i got good seminars, fundings for four movies and most importantly artistic freedom.
How did you come up with the story of this relationship-rollercoaster?
It’s a big mashup of whats happening in my and my screen writers head and people we know. And we thought its fun to re-use and fill this kind of old metaphor with new life.
Your film has a strong visual style, what was your and your cinematographer’s main visual concept?
Actually it was a very constructive collaboration with the dop, the set designer, and me. we talked a lot and i guess just did what we all thought its cool and we like in a good way together.
How was the shooting? What was the biggest challenge? Your favourite memory?
Originally we wanted to shoot the diorama scenes abroad in a real desert, using the diorama was a workaround, when we realized we can’t afford it. It then even gave the movie its name…
Which directors have influenced you? And which movies?
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Michel Gondry, Heads On by Fatih Akim, Run Lola Run by Tom Tykwer and Swimming Pool by Francois Ozon.
What is your next film plan? Are you preparing for a short or a feature in the future?
I am writing/developing with the same author as diorama on a feature.
Director’s bio, short film summary, and photos from the official website of the Future Frames. More interviews are coming with the directors!