An Interview with the directors Hannah Jandl, Dániel Kőváry and Fleur Bax


Describe your film in just one sentence.

Hannah Jandl: What kind of people wear which kind of shoes, and what kind of shoes wear which kind of people? That’s what TOPLESS is about.

Dániel Kőváry: DISCO DICTATOR is the story of a father-and-son conflict, rich in color and good music.

Fleur Bax: KOESTER (CHERISH) is a short poetic movie about three women dealing with different forms of loss.


If your film were an animal, what animal would it be?

Hannah Jandl: A centipede.

Dániel Kőváry: Maybe a cat.

Fleur Bax: It would be a jellyfish! Floating in the water like an astronaut in space and just accepting the route as the ocean flows, meandering, like the rhythm of my movie.


What was the best / funniest / worst thing that happened while shooting this movie?

Hannah Jandl: The whole film was very spontaneous. Actually, I was supposed to make a film about a fortune-teller, who then ironically (as a fortune-teller she could have known earlier) canceled on me one day before the shoot. But I had to take the date of the shoot, which meant I had to come up with another idea in half a day, so that’s how TOPLESS was created. (By the way, the title was also meant for the film with the fortune-teller, but it still fits quite well.)

Dániel Kőváry: The best thing was that I had a chance to meet and work with a lot of talented, kind, hard-working people. And now that I know them, I’ve been able to work with them on several other projects since. The worst thing may have been that I had to edit my own work, because it was hard to look over what I had been working on for a long time.

Fleur Bax: The best thing that happened to us was discovering that we could shoot the astronaut scenes in an old car. Just one week before shooting, we still hadn’t found a good location, but thanks to the great mind of my sister and the amazing work of VFX artists we managed to create a space station vibe inside a car! The worst thing concerns the same car; we had a small accident on one of the days we were shooting. No one was hurt, but the schedule got a bit messed up.

What is your favorite movie quote of all time?

Dániel Kőváry: “I’m not even supposed to be here today!” — CLERKS (1994).

Fleur Bax: “I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” — Julia Roberts in NOTTING HILL (1999), my all-time favorite comfort movie.


Which filmmaker would you like to have a beer with?

Hannah Jandl: Agnes Varda, Werner Herzog, ...

Dániel Kőváry: Alex Garland.

Fleur Bax: Paweł Pawlikowski. I absolutely love COLD WAR (2018) and IDA (2013), and I think it would be really interesting to have a talk with him. I actually can’t really choose; it would be amazing to meet Pedro Almodóvar as well, or Shannon Murphy, or Tilda Swinton, who is not a filmmaker but who fascinates me in every movie!


What was the first film you remember seeing at a movie theater?

Hannah Jandl: Every Christmas Eve, while my stepfather and my mother were decorating the Christmas tree and setting out the gifts, my father took my sister and me to the movies. I can’t say what the first movie was, but I remember one time when we watched PIPPI LONGSTOCKING.

Dániel Kőváry: It was FINDING NEMO (2003). It’s hard to remember; I was only five or four.

Fleur Bax: The first film was a Dutch film for children about a group of rangers in the wilderness somewhere in Africa. It was not spectacular, but cool to see on a big screen. I also have early memories of watching James Bond films with my dad.

What is your favorite party song?

Hannah Jandl: “Far l’Amore” von Bob Sinclar & Raffaella Carrà (I know it from the film THE GREAT BEAUTY (2013).

Dániel Kőváry:  „Rollin’ & Skratchin“ by Daft Punk.

Fleur Bax: “Facing the Sun” by Fritz Kalkbrenner.


If you weren’t a filmmaker, you’d be a ...?

Hannah Jandl: There are many things I would like to be: a fashion designer, graphic designer, photographer, clown...

Dániel Kőváry: Probably a musician.

Fleur Bax: A journalist or an astronomer. I love everything about space and wish I were smart enough to understand everything about our universe. Or I would be a photographer, actress, painter, teacher... There’s a lot I would like.


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

Hannah Jandl: I live and study in Munich. I look forward to the fact that some people will see my film, that I’ll be able to watch the other directors’ films and get inspiration from them, and that I’ll get to know new people from all over the world.

Dániel Kőváry: Yes, it will be my first time there, and I’m really looking forward to it! I expect to watch some new movies from other countries and maybe have a chance to get to know their makers.

Fleur Bax: It is! I’ve never been to Munich. I expect a week full of inspiration, nice new contacts, and good movies to watch by fellow student filmmakers. 

Hannah Jandl: TOPLESS - Program 2

Dániel Kőváry: DISCO DICTATOR - Program 3

Fleur Bax: CHERISH - Program 10

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