Describe your film in just one sentence.
Javid Sina: DEATH, DICTATES SILENCE shows siblings with death on their minds, love in their hearts, secrets from their past.
Yongxin Wang: MMM...CAT is about a girl just wants to be alone; one day, a cat knocks on her door and everything changes.
Luis Sütter: In NICHT ZU NAH!, Christian accidentally meets Pauline — but during a lockdown, on a mountain.
If your film were an animal, what animal would it be?
Javid Sina: If I’m allowed to choose a mythological animal for my film, I would choose a phoenix. A phoenix is an animal that lights itself on fire in the hope that it will arise from the ashes as something new, a better version and later generation of the one that preceded it.
Yongxin Wang: A cat after enjoying catnip.
Luis Sütter: Hmm... I think it would be a sloth. They are funny and peaceful, at least according to the Ice Age movies.
What was the best / funniest / worst thing that happened while shooting this movie?
Javid Sina: The casting process was long and difficult. I was beginning to lose hope. When I eventually found the actors that appear in my film, I realized that it was one of the best things that could’ve happened to us in the process of making the project. The funniest thing that happened to us on set was when the sound guy forgot to put his phone on silent. His phone started ringing in the middle of a serious emotional take. The worst thing that happened on set was that everyone got infected with COVID-19 directly after shooting.
Yongxin Wang: The best moment would be after all the research, work, wondering, and doubts were over, when I was sitting alone in the cinema at my university, watching my animation. I realized I love it more than I thought I did, and then I watched it a further 9 times.
Luis Sütter: Lots of things happened during the shoot. A cow ate one of our sandbags, the weather drove us crazy, and our producer proved she is an excellent off-road driver on steep gravel roads. It was a great adventure!
What is your favorite movie quote of all time?
Javid Sina: “Chopin was emotional, but not mawkish. Feeling is very far from sentimentality, The prelude tells of pain, not reverie. It hurts, but he doesn’t show it.” – Autumn Sonata (1978) by Ingmar Bergman.
Yongxin Wang: “Hakuna Matata!” – THE LION KING (1994).
Luis Sütter: “Do not go gentle into that good night. Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” – INTERSTELLAR (2014).
Which filmmaker would you like to have a beer with?
Javid Sina: Burhan Qurbani, the director of BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ (2020). If I were to choose from among legends, it would be Ingmar Bergman, David Lynch, or Ang Lee.
Yongxin Wang: Wes Anderson.
Luis Sütter: I would love to talk to Spielberg about SCHINDLER’S LIST, or maybe to Kubrick in general. Or Tarkovsky. No, wait. What about Hitchcock? Ah, even better would be...
What was the first film you remember seeing at a movie theater?
Javid Sina: I don’t remember the first time I was in a movie theater, but I do remember the first film I ever watched. It was Seven Samurai (1954) by Akira Kurosawa.
Yongxin Wang: THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (2002).
Luis Sütter: I think it was some kind of children’s movie, but the one I actually remember is Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (2002). Kind of sad, I know.
What is your favorite party song?
Yongxin Wang: Pop songs from the ’80s or ’90s.
Luis Sütter: “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees.
If you weren’t a filmmaker, you’d be a …?
Javid Sina: Writer or poet.
Yongxin Wang: Panda nanny.
Luis Sütter: Doctor, finance guy, or start-up founder. Somewhere I could earn money to make movies later in life :-)
Is this your first visit to Munich? What do you expect from the festival?
Javid Sina: This is my first time to Munich. My expectations are to be able to build a network with my fellow filmmakers and possibly find potential collaborative work in the future, be offered a platform to further enhance my film career and my work, meet new people, and experience a new city.
Yongxin Wang: This is my second visit. I celebrated New Year’s 2019 in Munich.
Luis Sütter: I currently live in Munich, since I go to film school here. :)