Tuesday, 11/13/2018

Meet the Filmmakers: SONS OF NO ONE

Interview with director Hans Vannetelbosch

Meet the Filmmakers: SONS OF NO ONE

Director Hans Vannetelbosch


Write a one-sentence teaser text for your film SONS OF NO ONE.

An educator in a juvenile detention centre tries to stand up against the abuse caused by one of the guards.

Which film was the first to deeply impress you?

A difficult question as I grew up seeing so many films that impressed me in some way or another. But the one film that always does come back as being one of the first I called "my favorite" is "Apocalypse Now" (the original cut). The built up of this great character Colonel Kurtz, the intensifying insanity of the war and of course that powerfull climax at the end between those two amazing actors! If you haven't seen it, go do so right now!

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

"Forget it!" To me studying film was a great way to to get my career started and I do very much advice anyone who wants to become a filmmaker to go to filmschool even if you would only use it as a platform to launch yourself on. The fact is that these schools will often try to teach you the rules of cinema and though they are great to have some sort of backbone, I think it's important that as soon as you learned them, you should forget them and do your own thing.

Scene from SONS OF NO ONE

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

Robert Pattinson. It's not always easy for an actor to overcome the sort of branding one could get after being the star of one of the biggest tween-films of this century but Robert Pattinson (and Kristen Stewart for that matter) completely elevated himself from that branding after portraying in such a powerful way interesting and deeply human characters like he did in "The Rover", "Good Time" and more recently "High Life". Again, if you haven't seen any of these, go do so right now!

What do your grandparents think you do as a job?

My grandparents are all deceased but I can tell you that my father still isn't completely ok with the choices that I have made. For a while I worked at Ikea and I think he would still much rather see me make a career for myself there instead of putting all my time in this 'hobby' as he calls it.

Behind the Scenes of SONS OF NO ONE

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

Depressed... No, just kidding. I've always been into videogames so maybe I would have wanted to become a developer. I might still do so one day, I recently went to a key-note conversation where a film director was actually doing that at this very moment - so why not? If that wouldn't work out, then I would probably still be working at Ikea in which case my first answer would be correct anyway.

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

It's my first time in Munich and at the festival. I'm looking forward to exploring the city, seeing many great films and meeting many new people such as my international peers and the organisers behind the Filmschoolfest, who were so kind to select our film for their festival. And maybe if there is time for it, I might just go up to the Allianz Arena and catch a game.