It takes four minutes to make tea or prepare a very soft boiled egg. It also takes four minutes to tell a completely immersive story, with layers of subplots and a range of human emotions. And still have forty seconds left for credits.
We shot over our usual questions to Patrik Krivanek who directed the film and we’ve got some rather amusing answers:
If, of all your superpowers, you could only keep one - which one would it be?
Ability to see the light in the darkest places.
When it comes to complexity and difficulty of producing an artwork, filmmaking is very close to the top. What makes the whole journey, often unpleasant, worthwhile for you?
There are and always will be hard times on a journey to make a quality piece of artwork, but that feeling of satisfaction at the end... you know, it beats everything. Seeing the critiques accepting your work or your most enthusiastic fans criticizing it. That freedom your audience has - it’s beautiful. You are always presenting your work to the hungry audience; that is, people who paid and invested their free time to see your work. It’s people who want to be entertained, educated, and want to feel emotions; be sad, be happy, love or hate, and you as a storyteller give them access to all of this – You engulf your audience into your story. This is just extremely rewarding.
Why this film?
With this film, I want to remind people the history because this history repeats itself, but in altered forms. Evil politics can have different faces; it is a strong political story from 1967. East German students, opponents of the communist regime, are trying to emigrate to West Germany hidden at the back of a food delivery truck. They must remain quiet at the time of arrival at the crossing point of the border, or they will be discovered and executed for their anti-political activities. The film should serve the viewer in making their own opinions on how people who are forced to emigrate must undergo the reality of fear and often sacrifice someone else’s life in the fight for their lives. Even though their lives change fundamentally, they will have to bear the consequences for the rest of their lives. It’s very today’s story.
You have an unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
I will ask my casting director to provide Tom Hanks with the date and address of the casting... haha.
What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
At the moment, I am producing a new film ‘Two Words as the Key’ (Directed by Dan Svatek, 2020), shooting all around the world; USA, India, Indonesia, Japan, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, with a production budget around $2.5 million. The film is an adaptation of the latest book from successful Czech author, Josef Formanek. This story is different from all of Formanek’s other books and takes place along several narrative lines in six places on our planet. The film will cover the destinies of five different people who appear, at first, to have nothing in common. This film was promoted at The Marché du Film Producers Network in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival 2019, and I can’t be more excited to bring this story to the audience. Among other things, I have a few short films in pre-production. Many interesting things, so fingers crossed, please.
Quiet Crossing will be screened Tuesday, 8.10., 19.30 at Streatham Space Project.
Click right HERE to get your tickets and we’ll be seeing you there!