Describe your film in just one sentence.
Peter Hoferica: In GREETINGS FROM NIGERIA, a grandfather falls for an Internet scam and sends all of his money to a Nigerian prince.
Saman Hosseinpuor: CONGENITAL is a story about pain and love.
Miriam Goeze: HAYAT JUMPS looks at Hayat’s rules of the game.
If your film were an animal, what animal would it be?
Peter Hoferica: A sloth.
Saman Hosseinpuor: Since this is a story about a kind of love, I think it would be a beautiful animal, like a rabbit or a deer.
Miriam Goeze: A squirrel.
What was the best / funniest / worst thing that happened while shooting this movie?
Peter Hoferica: I never have a funny story to tell. Maybe that’s why I make movies: because every time, I have to make one up.
Saman Hosseinpuor: I can only recall one funny memory. We were shooting the last scene of the film, and it was the last night of the shoot as well. We were exhausted. I was very tired, and when we started recording the last shot, after saying “Action!” I fell asleep! I woke up when the assistant director said “Cut!” I mean, we were very tired. :D They had to play the shot back for me. :-) Imagine how difficult the process of shooting and making a film is. I am proud that you are now watching the result of our hard work.
Miriam Goeze: The funniest moment was when the whole crew tried to energize the tired child actors before another take. Everyone was just jumping around while screaming happily. The only ones who weren’t impressed or motivated by this were the children.
What is your favorite movie quote of all time?
Peter Hoferica: “The Dude abides.” — THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998).
Saman Hosseinpuor: I think every year, with every kind of filmmaking experience, our favorites change. For now, I love WHERE IS THE FRIEND’S HOUSE? (1987) by Abbas Kiarostami. There is a scene in which an old man gives a lesson to the main character of the film (the little boy), and I think it’s very touching and funny at the same time. I really cannot spoil it; you just have to sit and watch this masterpiece.
Miriam Goeze: “Sometimes I wish you were deaf as well. Then you’d be within my world completely.” — BEYOND SILENCE (1996).
Which filmmaker would you like to have a beer with?
Peter Hoferica: Taika Waititi.
Saman Hosseinpuor: Let me name two directors: Abbas Kiarostami and Kim Ki-duk.
Miriam Goeze: Andrea Arnold.
What was the first film you remember seeing at a movie theater?
Peter Hoferica: I believe it was HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (2002).
Saman Hosseinpuor: I cannot remember that, because we didn’t have a movie theater in my city, but we had VHS players, for which I had lots of action and sport movies. I loved Jackie Chan and Jet Li, and most of their old films were my favorites. I was also in love with Bollywood during my childhood; the romance and love in those films was very touching.
Miriam Goeze: THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK (1998).
What is your favorite party song?
Peter Hoferica: “Drank & Drugs“ (prod. Jack $hirak) by Lil Kleine & Ronnie Flex.
Saman Hosseinpuor: Well, for an Asian, it’s a difficult question, because I really don’t go to parties, but I do love music. I love classical music from both the Western and Eastern world. Let me invite you to just take a listen to Mohammad Reza Shajarian. „morq-e Sahar“ is one of his best songs.
Miriam Goeze: “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls.
If you weren’t a filmmaker, you’d be a ...?
Peter Hoferica: Chef.
Saman Hosseinpuor: I love music and playing instruments. I actually play a local traditional instrument called the divan. It’s a Kurdish/Turkish Instrument.
Miriam Goeze: Child and youth therapist.
Is this your first visit to Munich? What do you expect from the festival?
Peter Hoferica: Unfortunately, I cannot attend the Munich festival in person, because I’m shooting a TV series. I hope to watch some great movies online. If I went to Munich, I’d be excited to meet young filmmakers from all over the world and have a drink with them.
Saman Hosseinpuor: Well, actually, this is the second film of mine that is going to be screened in Munich, but I’ve never visited the city. I’d love to attend the festival and hope I can join you next year. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
Miriam Goeze: I actually live in Munich, and I’m very excited to make new acquaintances and watch interesting movies.