Tuesday, 11/5/2019

Meet the Filmmakers: SHE-PACK

Interview with director Fanny Ovesen

Meet the Filmmakers: SHE-PACK

Director Fanny Ovesen


What would be the teaser text for your film SHE-PACK?

Anarchy emerges at a public pool party when a group of small girls pushes the limits of their strength and power.

Where does the inspiration for your film come from?

The idea was born when me and my crew discussed our experiences of being raised as girls and our memories of pushing our limits. We got eager to explore how an audience would react to small girls who, for once in a while, don’t behave innocently and pleasing - but who take up space and act immorally.

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

I would love to drink loads of wine with Andrea Arnold at some bar in Southern Europe (because Southern Europe is nice, and because I admire Andrea’s human gaze on characters and poetic sense for authenticity and I want to hear all about her work). I would love to observe director, acting consultant and master mind Judith Weston during one of her workshops, or (even though it gives me shivers of nervousness) let her observe me direct a scene with two actors and let her give me instant feedback. And lastly, I would love to invite Nadine Labaki to dinner, because CAPERNAUM is one of the most powerful films I’ve ever seen and I find her dedication to an authentic, nearly documentary approach incredibly inspiring.

What's your favorite film quote?

"Fitte!" from my own film. (It means "cunt".)

For which film would you like to shoot the sequel?

It would be pretty cool to explore something completely different from what I usually do – and dig into a sequel to the feminist spaghetti western vampire Iranian New Wave story A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT. That’s one of the boldest and most evocative films I’ve seen.

What is your favourite film - officially and secretly?

Officially: to pick only one would be cruel to all the ones that are my equal favourites. But one of my recent discoveries is BORDER by Ali Abbasi – it completely blew me away.

Secretly: MULAN, without hesitation. I watched it recently and cried all the way through.

What was your favorite film festival experience so far?

I had such a blast at Aspen Shortsfest. It was a very intimate festival – all the filmmakers watched each other’s films, the programmers hung out with us every evening, and it was incredible to experience Aspen and its surroundings in Colorado. I’m still in touch with several of the inspiring filmmakers I met there.

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

Close to the Alps – alpine skiing. I’m in love with the sport and the only times (yet) I’ve visited Munich have been when changing trains on my way to the beautiful mountains.