After completing his thematic trilogy “Love in Times of Oppressive Systems” with Barbara, Phoenix, and transitChristian Petzold starts a new trio of films inspired by German myths and the elements. The first, the water-inspired story Undinefind him again with his transit Stars Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski. Before today’s premiere of the 58th New York Film Festival, Petzold attended one questions and answers with Dennis Lim, where the German master revealed new details on the upcoming second film in the trilogy.
“I’m writing on fire now. The red sky is the name of the next film, but I will make the film when the pandemic is over, not before, ”revealed the director, who was hit by COVID-19 earlier this year. “It also has something to do with love and kissing and homosexual love. I want to see bodies and so on. I can’t do it with masks and that’s why I really want to do it. “
When he talked more about why he focused on trilogies, he said, “I’m a Protestant and someone asked me about the element of water Undine and I said I’m working on a trilogy because I want to set myself on fire to work on two other things. [Laughs.] Harun Farocki said he should always think of a trilogy so that you can work on something, work on it. You think in series and patterns and work on the difference. I like that, a bit like in the 40s and 50s, where people make one movie after another and have a certain correlation. “
Petzold also announced that he was considering working on a dystopian film but decided against it during his COVID-19 experience. “I told myself that when I get well and get out of this shitty bed, I want to work on love and young people, not on a world in a collapse.” He also said he had feverish dreams working their way into the script, one of which is “X-rated”.
What else was Petzold doing in quarantine? Although he is admired First cow, the souvenir, uncut gemsand what’s more, he enjoyed looking at classics more. “I do a film festival on my own based on my DVD library, and this was the best festival I’ve ever been to, he said. “I’ve seen two Ozu films, a Bresson film and three Chabrol films. They were movies that I know, but I saw them in a different mood as something very new. Hope we have curated programs in the future, really curated programs. That’s why I Hurry Amazon and Netflix. It’s not curated. I have a headache afterwards. “
Rory O’Connor said in our review of Undine, “After a successful work of clear experiments like transit can be a tricky endeavor: leaning back to basics or higher? Christian Petzold photographs for the latter with his latest, Berlin-based pseudo-supernatural melodrama entitled Undine. And this name should prove to be meaningful: the myth of the water nymph, which inspired ancient men as distant as Walt Disney, Andy Warhol, Neil Jordan and Hans Christian Andersen to their creative endeavors. Always the Intellectual refers to the woman-centered version of Ingeborg Bachmann as his main inspiration in his press releases, and his story turns out to be largely told from the perspective of the eponymous heroine. “
See or listen to and see the full Petzold Questions and Answers below Undine practically nationwide for a limited time at NYFF58.