Tuesday, 11/20/2018

Meet the Filmmakers: A WALK

Interview with director Elke Vanoost

Meet the Filmmakers: A WALK

Director Elke Vanoost


Write a one-sentence teaser text for your film A WALK.

A WALK shows an intense moment between two strangers meeting, arguing, connecting and separating again. 

Which film was the first to deeply impress you?

The first film to deeply impress me was "Ali: Angst Essen Seele Auf" (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul) by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The film revolves around the romance that develops between Emmi, an elderly German woman and Ali, a Moroccan migrant worker in post-World War II Germany. It's at the same time strongly stylized as well as very realistic and deeply human. Although it's quite a tragic story the unlikely connection between these two very different left me with a very hopeful feeling.

Scene from A WALK

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

I personally like to work with non-actors, people who have little to no experience with acting, and create an environment in which they feel comfortable with playing themselves or a part of themselves that I would want to explore for that specific project. I think if well-done it can be very poetic to see someone play themselves, there's something very honest and disarming about it. I feel that when the viewer doesn't yet know the face of the person he sees on screen, he can in a way experience the same feelings the would if they were meeting a stranger. Therefore I would love to meet, work with and tell the stories of many inspiring people I have yet to meet.



What do your grandparents think you do as a job?

My grandparents understand I do something with film, but they are kind of confused about what that entails exactly. The used to think I was a camerawoman. The best way to explain directing to them is by naming 'Steven Spielberg' as an example :)

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

I would've really liked to be an architect but unfortunately I am horrible at maths.

Behind the scenes of A WALK

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

It is both my first visit to Munich as it is my first visit to the festival. I'm very much looking forward to it since I've heard Munich is a really beautiful city with a good vibe. I'm also off course looking forward to the festival itself, it looks like a beautiful platform for young filmmakers to come together!