Montag, 17.11.2014

Meet the Filmmakers: AFTER ALL

Interview mit Regisseur Zvi Landsman

Meet the Filmmakers: AFTER ALL Regisseur Zvi Landsman Describe your film AFTER ALL in one sentence
An old man decides to go to a prostitute after many years of hesitation, but the struggle against his conscience only begins.

What's the idea behind the film?
I was trying to see what is more powerful - one's moral standards or the sexual drive, and what happens when there's a conflict between the two.  Can a man really live his life without sex? And I think it's also about that energy between people, that something that only another soul can give you, and another body.

Is it your first time in Munich and/or Germany?
No, I've been here before. It actually felt very calm and relaxing.

What do you expect of Munich? What are you most looking forward to?
I hope to meet exciting students from all over, and I'd like to pick up some German. I love languages, and traveling is the best way to learn. I'm also in a project in honor of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany, and I'm going to make 3 short films in Germany in a few months, so I'd like to get to know young Germans, see how they live, whats on their mind and how do they deal with the weight of history. I imagine it isn't simple, and I'd like to explore that.

Behind the Scenes AFTER ALL

What is your favorite movie and who's your favorite director?
"Peeping Toms" by Uri Zohar. It's an Israeli film from the 70's about a bunch of nobodies wasting their days at the beach, peeping on women, betraying their wives and so forth. It's very funny, and most people see it as a low crowd-pleaser with poor values, but I think it's actually trying to see what life is like with no values, it's on a quest, and it's painfully honest. Later on the director became ultra-religious. Apparently he really wanted an answer. But I love this film because it gives no answer. It's a big rumbling question. And if you want a film everyone knows - I'd say "Pulp Fiction". A film made by God.

Why did you want to become a filmmaker?
I guess because I wanted to make people see through my own eyes. I felt very lonely growing up, like nobody knows what I feel, and that made me want to finally make everybody know how I feel. I think I made this film mainly for the scenes when Yaakov is confronted with a naked women, and there is nothing that he wants more, and there is nothing that he fears more. I wanted to show how intimidating sex can be. It feels like the whole world is only occupied by how desirable it is, and that everybody is only flocking to bed, but I feel that we are more busy running away from it, in real life.

Who would you like to work with?
I love chubby people, so I really wanted to work with Philip Seymour Hoffman. I would love to work with Zach Galifinakis too. I also think that the actress in my film, Sophia Ostritsky, is an amazing talent, intense and natural at the same time, like Marlon Brando used to be, and I would love to do another film with her.

If you weren't a filmmaker, you'd be…?
A writer. Writing is also a way to bring people into your world. But if I couldn't be any type of artist at all, I think I would be a teacher. I used to teach beduin soldiers in the army, and it was the most satisfying thing I've ever done. Except films.


  • Dieser Film läuft in Program 2
  • Filmschule: JSFS, The Sam Spiegel Film & TV School - Jerusalem
  • AFTER ALL Trailer
  • Zvi Landsman Website