Monday, 11/11/2019


Interview with director Moinak Guho


Director Moinak Guho


What would be the teaser text for your film AN IRRELEVANT DIALOGUE?

Death is my birth right.

Where does the inspiration for your film come from?

The film is inspired by a true story. An old couple based in Mumbai, Mr. Narayan Lavate (88) and Mrs. Iravati Lavate (79), were in the news early last year after they wrote to the President of India in December 2017 pleading for mercy – active euthanasia, for a reason that’s previously been unheard of.

Which three people from film and television would you like to spend an evening with? Why? And what are you doing?

Béla Tarr, Pedro Costa and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. With Lav Diaz on Skype with us, we are officially drafting the "slow cinema manifesto". And, since Lav abhors the term "slow cinema" we decide to name it "The Epic Manifesto".

What's your favorite film quote?

"It’s not what a film is about, it’s how it is about it." – Roger Ebert

For which film would you like to shoot the sequel?

It would have to be PHANTOM OF LIBERTY by Luis Buñuel. I could start like right now!

What is your favourite film - officially and secretly?

It is practically impossible to zero down to one film as a favourite. The ones that are on top of my mind as "official favourites" would be THE TURIN HORSE by Béla Tarr and a short film, KOZA by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. And, the "secret-that-can-be-let-out favourite" would be 3 IRON by Kim Ki-duk.

What was your favorite film festival experience so far?

Well, I haven’t been to a lot of festivals as a filmmaker. Among the ones I have attended, the 36th VGIK International Student Festival, Moscow (2016) and the 15th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF, 2018) had been wonderful experiences. But, prior to that, as an audience, my favourite festival experience would be the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images Film Festival (MAMI, 2012) which sort of influenced my decision to take up filmmaking as studies and profession.

Keyword "Munich". What comes to your mind first?

Werner Herzog and Bayern Munich.