18.02.2018 - David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, moderated by Christoph Gröner
The Wild West, at least seen from the back of a horse, has long been a world of men with a gun in their pocket. Having already screened two great art house pleasers at Berlinale Forum, the brothers David and Nathan Zellner chart the new frontiers of this year’s Competition programme with Damsel, starring Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson. At Berlinale Talents (of which David is an alumnus), the Zellners take the stage to detail how they turned genre norms upside down to make what is being called a "feminist Western." Revisiting the preparations for the roles and the shooting process, they tackle the intricacies of gender stereotypes, as well as how to wash away the dustiest attitudes of the old days with a good laugh and a stiff drink in the saloon.
Christopher Gröner is a film festival programmer and film journalist who has written for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt and the trade magazine Blickpunkt: Film, among others. He is a programmer for Filmfest München, where he handles the New German Cinema section and other world premieres. Additionally, he works as a competition programmer for the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and is a consultant on German-speaking regions for the Zurich Film Festival.