Meet the Filmmakers: KIPPAH
Interview with director Lukas Nathrath
Director Lukas Nathrath
What would be the teaser text for your film KIPPAH?
A teenage boy gets excluded and loses his friends because of his family’s religion. While the headmaster ignores his parents’ pleas, he has to find his own ways to cope with the bullying and humiliations. Based on true events, a story about betrayal, peer pressure and solidarity, depicting a young person becoming aware of his identity.
Where does the inspiration for your film come from?
Originally, an article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung about a pupil in a Berlin highschool who was bullied brutally after revealing that he is Jewish. Then, I researched intensely, interviewed many people from different backgrounds and also made a documentary about anti-Semitism in Germany. But the film is also inspired by anyone feeling like the odd one out in a power system.
Which three people from film and television would you like to spend an evening with? Why? And what are you doing?
Mike Leigh, Bong Joon-Ho and Greta Gerwig, because of their fantastic filmmaking and fascinating character creations. I would want them to tell me anything about their artistic process. We would watch my favorite scenes from their movies and I would ask nerdy questions. If they are not completely exhausted by that point, I would invite them for dinner and would (try to) cook. It would be a great incentive to learn cooking really well.
What's your favorite film quote?
"This morning, I was so happy. Now, I don't know what went wrong." — "You were miserable this morning! We got bad reviews, terrible ratings…" — "No, I was happy, but I just didn’t realize I was happy." (Woody Allen, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS)
For which film would you like to shoot the sequel?
For MOTHER! by Darren Aronofsky, but just the scenes with Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, and make it a bourgeois, absurd psychological chamber-play.
What is your favourite film - officially and secretly?
Too many - both officially and secretly - to name them all, but recently: PARASITE, SYNONYMS, FRANCES HA, OH BOY, WILD TALES, WHIPLASH, THE FAVOURITE, GET OUT, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, THE HANDMAIDEN, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, MAPS TO THE STARS and SIERANEVADA by Cristi Puiu, a really underrated masterpiece.
Which actor or actress would you love to work with and why?
Some of my favorites are Sean Penn, Jude Law, Julianne Moore, Viola Davis, Juliette Binoche, Joaquin Phoenix, and the great, late Philip Seymour Hoffman, although I would still be pretty intimidated by any of them. But you just need to point the camera at them and it’s already pure cinema. Also, there are so many wonderful actors in Germany who we’ve seen far too little of, like Anja Herden or the supremely talented ones I’ve worked with, for instance Sebastian Jakob Doppelbauer, Susanne Dorothea Schneider, Lilli Meinhardt, Samy Abdel Fattah… and I hope our best collaborations are yet to come.
What was your favorite film festival experience so far?
The Beijing International Student Film & Video Festival last fall, where I realized what inspires me most — beside great films and the actual work — is feeling the companionship with other young filmmakers from all over the world: After the screenings, we went to a bar each night, students from Mexico, India, Israel, Iran, France, Italy, and China, talking endlessly about films, and despite the crazy political differences of each culture, we all bonded over our mutual love for cinema.
Keyword "Munich". What comes to your mind first?
- This film will be screened in Program 10
- Film School: Hamburg Media School
Behind the Scenes Photo Copyright: O-Young Kwon / Niklas Marc Heinecke