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!