Named best Polish director at the Polish Film Festival in 2004 and featured in the Forum section at the Berlinale in 2006 with Doskonale Popoludnie (The Perfect Afternoon), Wojcieszek returns this year with a provocative, apocalyptic film that had another life as a theatre project.
Sum up your Berlinale film in 1 sentence.
2 good reasons why people should queue in the cold to see it?
The only relevant film of this festival. It will start a revolution.
Describe your film in 3 words starting with the same letter.
AGGRESSION. ATTACK. ART.
How did you come up with the initial idea?
I burnt a car and I liked it.
If you could show your film in a double feature, which would be the other one?
The Decline Of Western Civilization by Penelope Spheeris. Real, primitive, forgotten.
You as a director.
I’m a soldier. Canon 5D MKII is my weapon.
Why do you make films?
Cinema is the only form of artistic expression currently alive.
Worst compliment/best insult you ever received?
Sorry, never cared.
What would you like to be remembered for?
For things to come. It’s February 1917. I can’t wait till October.
Take two films on a desert island…
[Derek] Jarman, Cassavetes, Fassbinder, [E. Elias], Mehrige, [Kenneth] Anger.
A film or director that changed your life?
Kenneth Anger’s Lucifer Rising. Romantic, satanic rebellion against bourgeois filmmaking.