The ND/NF director talks about her short film "Revolution Reykjavik," which tells the story of the havoc wrought on a family by Iceland's financial crisis. The verdict is clear: "Excess is out; modesty is in."
"My main rule is not to panic, no matter what happens during the shoot. I try to give in totally to the force of production, and since I am a bit of a control freak, this ability to trust fate with its unpredictable turns and twists is essential to me."
"Most of the cast were non-professional actors, mainly middle-age and old women. Working with them while rehearsing and shooting was very gratifying and fun."
"In my limited experience, I’ve enjoyed discovering that if you allow the camera and the situations within a story to do the heavy dramatic lifting (meaning you choose both correctly), your performances can be judged not by how well your actors are creating drama, but by how honestly they are responding to it."
Watch full video of directors Pablo Giorgelli, Gareth Evans, and Adam Leon discussing their films with members of the selection committee following their New Directors/New Films screenings at Film Society.
The ND/NF director answers questions about his film's focus on China's one-child policy, rural life in Yunnan province, karaoke, and how he came to become a filmmaker.
"I knew that Charlotte Rampling was a huge actress but I was really amazed by her precision and her involvement."
"The hero of my story is a young guy without any skills or sense for living. Step by step he learns skills and gets a sense for his existence."
"It's a film about what happens when you set out to buy a diplomatic title, thereby becoming the consul of Liberia to The Central African Republic – for real. It's Tintin meets Borat meets The Economist."