Wednesday, 11/15/2017

Meet the Filmmakers: JENNY

Interview with director Lea Becker

Meet the Filmmakers: JENNY

Director Lea Becker


Describe your film JENNY in three words.

Unusual, young, female.

Which film was the first to deeply impress you?

ROSETTA from the Belgian filmmakers and brothers Jean-Luc and Pierre Dardennes. I love how the entire film is told exclusively from the female protagonist's perspective. The directors manage to create a very unusual and in parts unlikeable character – and yet we as an audience follow her every step of the way. The acting and the cinematography is astonishing, so raw and yet beautiful. I also love how their films work without music.

Which actor or actress would you love to work with and why?

Actress: Tilda Swinton. Because she is the most unusual creature in front of the camera. I love how versatile she is, how beautiful in a very unusual way. Actor: Christian Bale. He can play literally everything and more. I think working with him would mean a surprise every day of shooting.

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

A turtle. Very withdrawn, but wise.

 Scene from JENNY

What do your grandparents think you do as a job?

My grandmother knows I'm a director and understands what I do. Unfortunately she has lost almost all her sight so she is unable to see my films. I think she's still very proud of me and has supported me along the way, being my protagonist for many exercises.

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

I would probably still be a graphic designer. In another life I'd have become a professional soccer player.

 Behind the scenes of JENNY

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

I am from Munich and have visited the festival often. It's my first time showing a film here and I'm very excited.