Berlin Film Festival just started day 6 with the live press conference of Austrian female filmmaker Feo Aladag’s and her Afghanistan war movie Inbetween Worlds (Zwischen Welten) in the main competition of the festival. This is live coverage of the event.
11.10 Feo Aladag discussed the way she was treated in Afghanistan. The director said generally she was respected, but agreed that the country has a long way to go in the quest for gender equality.
11.20 Filmmaker Aladag and the film cast said the world knows very little about Afghanistan and the situation there. The film tries to shed more light on the subject.
11.30 Jawed Taiman, production manager Afghanistan, said the experience of working on the film was very rewarding for him. He said he learned more than anything he could have ever learned at a film school.
11.35 Aladag said she met an Afghan woman whom she wanted to cast in the film, but the woman did not agree because of fear of her husband and gender inequality.
Aladag explained the absence of the movie’s main Afghan actor, Mohsin Ahmadi. His flight to Berlin was the first time he has left Afghanistan and he is not familiar with the culture he has seen in Berlin. “We try not to overexpose him,” Feo Aladag said.
11.38 Feo Aladag emphasized the “lack of resolution” in the movie. She said she purposely did not want to portray a one-sided picture of Afghanistan. Despite the harsh reality, Aladag said there is hope for Afghanistan.
I don’t think films should give dramatic answers. They should raise questions.
Feo Aladag’s comment about ambivalence and the lack of answers in movies is similar to the views of another Austrian director, Michael Haneke.
Update from day 7 of Berlin Film Festival: The theme of the search of identity was discussed by another female director at Berlin Film Festival, the Argentinian Celina Murga, whose film The Third Side of The River had its world premiere at the festival today.