Mittwoch, 12.11.2014

Meet the Filmmakers: SPLITTING HAIRS

Interview mit Autorin & Produzentin Diana Tatarca

Meet the Filmmakers: SPLITTING HAIRS Autorin & Produzentin Diana Tatarca

Describe SPLITTING HAIRS in one sentence.
A deceiving journey in an alternative past, travelling alongside an unlikely protagonist who loves hair.

What's the idea behind the film?
I am a big fan of magic realist literature and surrealist cinema. Around the time I wrote the script, I was analysing Lynch's "Lost Highway" for my screenwriting class, so I watched the first 10 minutes several times. This, paired with the research I was doing for my dissertation on representations of the female body, made me explore the "rape of the lock" concept. However, the idea of a hair fetishist escaping on a train with his girlfriend's hair is rooted in a half-page story I wrote in high school, as homework for my literature class.

Is it your first time in Munich and/or Germany?
I went to Munich when I was 14, but I was in the city for about 4 hours only. I vaguely remember Marienplatz and staying in a hotel that had a name related to nuts. I went to Berlin a year ago for the film festival and it is one of the strangest places I've seen. In a good way, of course.

splitting hairs

What do you expect of Munich? What are you most looking forward to?
I look forward to wandering the streets and perhaps get a bit lost, that prospect is very exciting. I hope to be able to visit some Christmas Markets, see some art and watch all the films in the festival. Talking to some people would definitely also be great.

What is your favourite movie and who's your favourite director?
I do not have a favourite movie or director. I find Hitchcock very soothing, which might sound strange. I like Kubrick and Tarkovsky and Bergman and Lynch and Godard and Haneke and Sorrentino and Herzog and Tarantino and Bertolucci and von Trier and Lynch everyone else who has ever made a film, as it's quite a tough affair.

Why did you want to become a filmmaker?
I actually didn't, for a long time. I am not entirely sure I do now. I think the answer that is closest to the truth is "because of film festivals". I went to my first one when I was 16 and it quickly became addictive. Soon I found myself trying to sneak in at the HBO party of a festival in my native Romania, after being denied access for being underaged. Meeting filmmakers is quite exhilarating and partying with them is the best. I wanted their lives, so I went to film school (I was, however, writing and acting during my pre-university education).

Who would you like to work with?
I'd love to collaborate with Romanian New Wave filmmakers and European cinema authors like Carax, Seidl, Almodóvar, Sorrentino, and others. Their cinema is unique, they found their language. I'd always be up for working with Lynch, even if the work involves knitting jumpers, as opposed to filmmaking (coming from Lynch, that would not be at all surprising). I'd also love to work with Charlie Kaufman, I like his style of writing.

If you weren't a filmmaker, you'd be…?
Writer is one possibility, as I've always wanted to be one. Perhaps a curator or an anthropologist, historian or librarian. Definitely a position involving books and the possibility of individual intellectual growth.