The Czech documentarist is debuting at the Berlinale with her fourth feature-length documentary and her first since 2005, when I guess we’ll meet at the Eurocamp was screened at several international festivals. Matchmaking Mayor follows a mayor’s desperate attempts to increase the birthrate of his village.
Sum up your film in 1 sentence.
Small village with crazy mayor who is trying every day to persuade singles around 30 by local radio that the most important thing is to have children.
2 good reasons why people should queue in the cold to see it?
They will laugh in the cinema and cry afterward at home.
Describe your film in 3 words starting with the same letter.
Single. Stuck. Solitude.
How did you come up with the initial idea for this film?
By chance three years ago at a wedding in eastern Slovakia.
Where would be the ideal location to watch your film?
On an old TV in a smoky village pub.
Why do you make films?
To provoke thought.
If you didn’t make films, what would you do?
Be a journalist. To provoke thought.
What would you like to be remembered for?
Great dinner parties.
Take two films on a desert island…
Into the Wild by Sean Penn and Solaris by Andrei Tarkovsky.
A film or director that changed your life.
Describe one of your favourite scenes in a film of your choice.
Any scene from any film by Jørgen Leth.