Tuesday, 11/13/2018

Meet the Filmmakers: FLOOD

Interview with director Oshri Zeituni

Meet the Filmmakers: FLOOD

Director Oshri Zeituni


Write a one-sentence teaser text for your film FLOOD.

A realistic film that takes all the air out of the lungs and floods the most cynical eyes with tears.

Which film was the first to deeply impress you?

I have to be a bit unfair and choose two - because it feels like choosing whether I love mom or dad more. The first one is "My Treasure" made by the Israeli director Keren Yedaya, I watched it as a high school student in a casual cinematography class. It felt like arriving home, missing something that wasn’t even mine. This film was like a mirror into my soul, it truly exposed me for the very first time. The second is "Love" by Michael Haneke. This film is a masterclass in terms of intelligence, aesthetics and precision - without damaging the spirit or the emotions.

A new TV series about studying film needs a title – which would you choose?

"If It’s Not a Matter of Life or Death - Don’t Bother Come."

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

Again I am asked to choose. I am curious to see more of Léa Seydoux, especially after "Blue Is The Warmest Color". She brings along an interesting androgynous charisma and impressive profound knowledge. She’s got layers of beauty and darkness that I’m curious about.

Scene from FLOOD

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

An elephant. I love watching nature channels and I sense they hold the real answers to our questions regarding society. The elephant is attached to family, smart, sensitive and powerful. I could honestly imagine the family in FLOOD as a group of blood related elephants.

What do your grandparents think you do as a job?

They probably don’t consider it a real job or career.


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

I believe I would have been quite frustrated but if I had to make a living otherweise, I would choose to be a chef or something culinary. Is it true that film directors are secretly chefs?

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

The very first visit (physically - although I have seen it several times in movies)! It is exciting. I expect the festival to be loyal to the core values of cinema, means allowing a high level of conversations and offer films that are worth watching.