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Meet the Filmmakers: CREATING A MONSTER

Interview with director Gena Lida Riess

Meet the Filmmakers: CREATING A MONSTER

Director Gena Lida Riess

 

Describe your film CREATING A MONSTER in three words.

Construction, audience, Schadenfreude.

Which film was the first to deeply impress you?

AMERICAN BEAUTY. I can't help but think this is a pretty uninteresting choice... but I can't lie. I remember thinking it was so profound; the approach to life, the multi-character storylines and the philosophical meditative narration. I also had a massive crush on Mena Suvari, so that helped.

If your film was an animal, what animal would it be?

A shark. Because they are widely misunderstood and pre-judged - which is a theme in my film.

Scene from CREATING A MONSTER

What would you be if you weren’t a filmmaker?

I have always been drawn to social work or psychology. I like to think I will do one of these professions one day!

Is this your first visit to Munich? What do you expect from the festival?

It is my first time visiting Munich. I have heard amazing things about the festival, so I expect to meet great people and have a fun time. However my tactic in life is to never have too high expectations of anything - so I never feel disappointment. That may sound silly, but it helps me with managing my expectations.


Making of: CREATING A MONSTER

 

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