An Interview with the directors Oz Zirlin, Suchana Saha and Boris Gavrilović


Describe your film in three words.

Oz Zirlin: An anxiety attack.

Suchana Saha: Journey, self-discovery, love.

Boris Gavrilović: Family dynamics suck.


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

Oz Zirlin: A hornet.

Suchana Saha: An elephant.

Boris Gavrilović: A scared chameleon.


What was the most memorable thing that happened while shooting this movie?

Oz Zirlin: The police showing up, trying to shut down the set, basically re-enacting the film’s complicated premise in front of the entire crew.

Suchana Saha: There were rats in the studio. In the mornings, I’d find their footprints all over my paintings. We finally set rat traps to get them out. But after a few months, more kept coming from elsewhere. So the rats have their footprints in this film!

Boris Gavrilović: There were no “special” things that happened during our shoot, to be honest. Our shoot was just all in all very memorable and cozy. We shot in a very small apartment, which made everything much more concentrated and intimate and helped the feeling of the movie a lot, I think. What I as the director remember most vividly was when we shot the scene where the mother and daughter are laughing together. I wanted to laugh with them the entire time, but couldn’t, because of the sound recording.

What is your favorite movie quote of all time?

Oz Zirlin: “There is no spoon.” THE MATRIX (1999).

Suchana Saha: “Dada, Ami bachte chai!”
“I want to live!” — Neeta, the protagonist, expresses her emotions in the climactic scene from Ritwik Ghatak’s THE CLOUD-CAPPED STAR (1960).

Boris Gavrilović: It’s probably the opening scene from CLOSER (2004), when Natalie Portman turns to Jude Law, while she’s lying half unconscious on the floor, and says, “Hello, stranger.”


Which filmmaker would you like to have a beer with?

Oz Zirlin: Paul Thomas Anderson or The Cohen Brothers.

Suchana Saha: There are many: Jan Švankmajer, Michèle Cournoyer, Joanna Quinn, Richard Linklater, Suzan Pitt, Isao Takahata, Satoshi Kon, Saim Sadiq, Abhishek Verma, Michaël Dudok de Wit, Madhu C Narayanan, Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Bastien Dubois.

Boris Gavrilović: Julia Ducournau, Michaela Coel, Paul Thomas Anderson.


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

Oz Zirlin: I believe it was Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN (2002), or was it the first Harry Potter movie?

Suchana Saha: ANACONDA (1997).

Boris Gavrilović: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001). I was five only years old. It was a horrifying experience!

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

Oz Zirlin: Sorry for the evasive answer, but I can’t really see myself doing anything else, to be honest.

Suchana Saha: Chef or food designer.

Boris Gavrilović: A pretty basic graphic designer with Nike sneakers. Or a cool art photographer! One of those two, I think.


What is your favorite song to dance to?

Oz Zirlin: "679" by Fetty Wap.

Suchana Saha: "Nakka Mukka" by Vijay Antony.

Boris Gavrilović: "You Keep Me Hangin’ On" by Kim Wilde.


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

Oz Zirlin: Meeting great creators, sharing our love of cinema and hopefully drinking a lot of the famous German beer.

Suchana Saha: Yes, first time. Lots of beer and friends across the globe!

Boris Gavrilović: I live here and study at the HFF, so I know the city quite well by now.

Oz Zirlin: ADANE AND YALEO - Program 10

Suchana Saha: DEAR ME - Program 6

Boris Gavrilović: MILCHZAHN - HFF Special 1

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