Friday, 11/8/2019

Meet the Filmmakers: THEODOR

Interview with director Alexandra Lermer

Meet the Filmmakers: THEODOR

Director Alexandra Lermer


Where does the inspiration for your film THEODOR come from?

I have always loved to draw vampires and ghosts and such things in kindergarten, it was only a matter of time until something like this happened. The idea that it should definitely be a vampire movie didn't really come from me. THEODOR was created completely as a trio together with Maraike Krämer and Susanna Orincsay, we made all the big decisions together and each of us still had our own special fields of work. In our little story we played a bit with the clichés of the classic vampire genre and combined them with a completely different cliché. This was our first stop-motion project, so we wanted to try something new with the film and learn as much as possible about such a special creation process and of course we wanted to have fun making the film.

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

With Eva Green, Noel Fielding and the ghost of Carrie Fisher. They just occurred to me first. Just take a nap.

For which film would you like to shoot the sequel?

I don't know about shooting a sequel, I'd rather use my own ideas and keep my hands off others. But I would like to make a stop-motion version of stories from my childhood like THE NEVERENDING STORY or KRABAT or something like that. If someone would like to give me the money and the permission, please let me know.

What is your favourite film - officially and secretly?

Well, I guess I don't feel like keeping secrets. If I like something, I like it. By habit I always say that WITHNAIL AND I is my favorite movie, because it is such a simple and beautiful movie, which I have seen countless times and could watch again and again and again.

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

I always get lost in Munich. But actually - that happens to me everywhere.