The interview was conducted in German at the cinema in the German Film and Television Academy Berlin on the 28.11.2019.
We spoke with Angela Schanelec and DoP Reinhold Vorschneider about their debut film - DAS GLÜCK MEINER SCHWESTER
( 84 Min, DE, 1995).
Their debut marks the beginning of a long-lasting collaboration between the two. The film was awarded with the German Film Critics' Prize in 1996.
About the content:
The photographer Christian loves two women - Isabel, a translator, and her half-sister Ariane, a gardener. His attempt to build a life with Isabel and end the ménage à trois is boycotted by Ariane, who desperately fights for him.
Angela Schanelec: "For me it was clear that the language in this film is artificial and scripted, but on the other hand I knew I didn't want to manipulate the space. I was interested in what happens with this written language and these artificial figures that don't sit there and improvise, but that I placed there and say what I wrote down. But they do that in a space where everything else moves the way it would move otherwise." (this Quote is freely translated in to english).
A considerable part of the dialogue-rich film was made on the streets of Berlin, in the noise of car traffic and construction sites.