Come closer: film critic and philosopher Dana Linssen, an expert in the art of interviewing, invites directors Jan Soldat and Manuel Abramovich to openly discuss the conversations constructed and conducted in their works. While sharing an interest for characters often unnoticed or misrepresented (hence not always easily approachable), each director develops distinct means of creating proximity or maintaining professional distance within the documentary format. Jan’s practise often involves direct dialogues between him and his leads, whereas Manuel’s latest film (selected for this year’s Berlinale Shorts) writes the process of approaching protagonists into the finished work. Kickstarted by excerpts from their works, this conversation will include many voices, on and off screen.
Manuel Abramovich is a director and cinematographer. His films have screened in Berlin, Venice, MoMA Doc Fortnight, IDFA and Cinéma du Réel, among others. His short LA REINA (2013) received more than 50 awards worldwide. SOLDADO (2017), his second feature, premiered at Berlinale Generation 2017 and was nominated for the Glashütte Original Documentary Award. His latest work BLUE BOY premieres at Berlinale Shorts 2019. He is a 2019 fellow of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme.
Dana Linssen is a Dutch film critic, philosopher and writer. She is editor-in-chief of de Filmkrant magazine; long-term film critic for NRC Handelsblad; founder of The Slow Criticism Project, a counterbalance to the commodification of film criticism; and curator of the Critics’ Choice at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She is also a recipient of the Louis Hartlooper Award for Film Journalism and of the Silver Rosebud Award for her work as a film critic at large and at de Filmkrant.
Jan Soldat is a graduate of the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. He has shown several films at the Berlinale: BE LOVED (Shorts, 2010), LAW AND ORDER (Panorama, 2012), CRAZY DENNIS TIGER (Generation, 2012) and PRISON SYSTEM 4614 (Panorama, 2015). His graduation film THE INCOMPLETE (2013) was nominated for a German Film Critics’ Prize. His recent works COMING OF AGE and HAPPY HAPPY BABY deal with the phenomenon of adult babies.