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 an artist, filmmaker and cinematographer. His films have screened at the Berlinale, Venice, MoMA Doc Fortnight, IDFA and Cinéma du Réel, among other events. His short THE QUEEN (2013) received more than 50 international awards. SOLDIER (2017), his second feature, premiered at Berlinale Generation. His latest work, BLUE BOY, won the Silver Bear at the 2019 Berlinale Shorts Competition and recently received a German Short Film Award. He attended Berlinale Talents in 2012 and is currently a fellow of the DAAD-Artists-in-Berlin Programme.
Dana Linssen is a Dutch film critic, philosopher and writer. She is the former editor-in-chief of de Filmkrant magazine, a long-standing film critic for NRC Handelsblad, the founder of the Slow Criticism Project and a curator of the Critics’ Choice at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She has received several awards for her work as a film critic and has served as a Talent Press mentor for many years.