24.02.2020 - Josephine Decker, Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, moderated by Verena von Stackelberg
It takes two to trust. Space-bending director Josephine Decker and moving-image architect Sturla Brandth Grøvlen retrace the steps of their initial film collaboration on Shirley (Encounters 2020). Set in 1950s America, the film portrays the uneasy life of the couple formed by a folklore professor and the novelist Shirley Jackson, a tortured genius played by Talents alumna Elisabeth Moss. But does this stormy on-screen duo suggest anything about the one Josephine and Sturla formed on set? Both have developed their own distinct filmmaking language up to now: the first in pursuit of a playful indie quality in her features, the second in search of sharp yet versatile cinematography. So how did this pair of filmmakers find themselves in the dance?
Verena von Stackelberg is the founder and managing director of the independent Wolf Kino cinema in Berlin. She has worked in film exhibition, distribution and festivals, including Curzon Cinemas, Filmgalerie 451, Cambridge Film Festival and the Berlinale. When she decided to create Wolf, her dream was to build a space with an emphasis on critical exchange between filmmakers and film lovers, and between the neighbourhood and the wider international film community.