When a man in his late-forties gets a fatal accident he arrives at the pearly gates. Over there he gets to know he can relive one earthly memory. What will he choose? A deadpan tale packed with detailed events.
5 questions with Hemelpoort director, Chris de Krijger, Mischa Dols at the half-way mark.
Saturday, January 21st, 2017
1Hi Chris & Mischa! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that made you want to make this film? We met during a talent program. During this summer school six filmmakers who didn't know each other beforehand were linked to make a short film.
2You both directed this film and co-wrote it (along with Nicole Jachmann). How do you two work together? Do you both do everything or do your divide responsibilities? We divided responsibilities. We listed both our strengths and weaknesses and the task division became pretty clear. Chris had more experience in writing and editing, so he managed the pre- and postproduction. Mischa had more on set experience and directed more during the shoot.
Ofcourse there was overlap, but we got along very well.
3This film is hilarious. I love how you make the front desk guy at the pearly gates a normal guy who isn't super interested in his job. What is it about comedic films that you enjoy? Why do you prefer comedy to other genres? To make a co-direction work it's important to have the same movie in mind. We started this film with brainstorm sessions with the six crew members. Everybody came up with all these crazy ideas and anecdotes on the topic 'relive a memory'. It really helps if you have the same kind of humor and you laugh about the same stupid things. It became clear we had to make a comedy were we could fit in all these funny ideas. This way it really became a short film from all of us and not someones personal story.
What I like about (black) comedy is the fact that you can tell about topics that can be quite dubious, or sad or a taboo and alleviate them. You can really put things in perspective with a comedy.
4If you had to revisit one memory, which would you choose? I would go back to a vacation I had when I was a very young boy. We went to the coast with the whole family and stayed at a house with a very big garden. There was this moment in the garden when the whole family was suddenly dancing and made fake music with tennisrackets and all the objects that were there. Everybody seemed completely free. Great memory.
5What's next? Chris wrote and directed a new short this December, it's in post-production right now. Mischa is doing a series for Dutch television.
About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time which was selected for the 2017 IFP Narrative Lab.
The film with the most fans wins $1,000
For 2017 we are moving on from screening feature films and will be showcasing shorts.
For our Winter 2017 Festival, we are giving away $2,000 in prizes to the top three films.
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