An Interview with the directors Nicolai Zeitler / Marlene Bischof, Kilian Armando Friedrich and Kerren Lumer-Klabbers


Describe your film in just one sentence.

Nicolai Zeitler/ Marlene Bischof: EVERYTHING WRONG WITH THE WORLD includes the joys and horrors of daydreams.

Kilian Armando Friedrich: SURVIVE is a very sad interpersonal result.

Kerren Lumer-Klabbers: In PAPAPA a young girl meets her donor father for the first time, and together they take part in experimental therapy exercises in the hope of making their relationship more than just a theoretical one.


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

Nicolai Zeitler/ Marlene Bischof: A wild boar: prickly, wild, dangerous, and also a bit cute.

Kilian Armando Friedrich: I’m still not able to do fun comparisons like this about this movie.

Kerren Lumer-Klabbers: A cuckoo, because it lays its eggs in other birds’ nests.


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

Nicolai Zeitler/ Marlene Bischof: That our pregnant author Marlene, who was an extra in one scene, had to throw up, because her opposing actor had eaten a fried sausage with a lot of mustard at 8 o’clock in the morning.

Kilian Armando Friedrich: Learning from outlaws. They give us deep psychological perspectives on life in the modern world which we don’t have as part of a functioning majority.

Kerren Lumer-Klabbers: We have a scene with a coffin in the film. Of course, most of us had to try to lie down in it. It was an odd experience to lie in a real coffin and pretend that you are dead. The coffin was borrowed from a funeral home, and has probably found its rightful owner by now.

What is your favorite movie quote of all time?

Nicolai Zeitler/ Marlene Bischof: “Dear baby, welcome to Dumpsville. Population: you.” — THE SIMPSONS (since 1989).

Kilian Armando Friedrich: “Happiness [is] only real when shared.” ­— Christopher McCandless in INTO THE WILD (2007).

Kerren Lumer-Klabbers: “People who read are hiders. They hide who they are. People who hide don’t always like who they are.” ­— CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (2017).


Which filmmaker would you like to have a beer with?

Nicolai Zeitler: John Cassavetes.

Marlene Bischof: Charlie Kaufman.

Kilian Armando Friedrich: Dead: Luis Buñuel. Alive: Viktor Kossakovsky.

Kerren Lumer-Klabbers: Paul Thomas Anderson.


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

Nicolai Zeitler: HOOK (1991).

Marlene Bischof: EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES (2001).

Kilian Armando Friedrich: HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (2002).

Kerren Lumer-Klabbers: HERCULES (1997).

What is your favorite party song?

Nicolai Zeitler/ Marlene Bischof: “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder always kicks ass.

Kilian Armando Friedrich: “Chanson pour l'auvergnat” by George Brassens.

Kerren Lumer-Klabbers: “Aloha!” – Soundtrack of THE WHITE LOTUS (2021).


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

Nicolai Zeitler/ Marlene Bischof: Mayor of Dumpsville.

Kilian Armando Friedrich: Landscape architect.

Kerren Lumer-Klabbers: Mycologist.


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

Nicolai Zeitler/ Marlene Bischof: We both live in Munich, so...

Kerren Lumer-Klabbers: Yes, this is my first trip to Munich. I’m very much looking forward to watching short films and meeting new colleagues!

Nicolai Zeitler and Marlene Bischof: EVERYTHING WRONG WITH THIS WORLD - Program 6

Lara Milena Brose and Kilian Armando Friedrich: SURVIVE - HFF Special 2

Kerren Lumer-Klabbers: PAPAPA - Program 9

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