Again in 2008, Generation intentionally presented an international programme that took young filmgoers seriously, without losing sight of the importance of enjoyment. As in earlier years, the film programme showed a remarkable diversity that gave viewers, young and old, a refreshing and inspiring impression of current cinema. We chatted with Thomas Hailer, Maryanne Redpath and Florian Weghorn about their audience’s preferred genres, what motivates filmmakers to make movies with young actors, and the liberating effect of reconciliatory moments in film.
SK: Last year, in line with the section’s new name, you had a lot of films themed around “generational change” in the programme. Will there be a thematic focus in 2008, or is a certain genre especially well-represented?
TH: Over the past 2 or 3 years we’ve happily noticed an increase in the number of genre films being made for young audiences. Last year we took a risk by showing a horror film, in the case of Dek hor, which went on to win the Crystal Bear. We came under fire from conservative educational circles, but our hunch that our audience liked and knew how to read such films was confirmed. In this sense, we’re continuing with strong genre movies in 2008. For example, in the case of the comic adaptation Kung Fu Kun, we have an offbeat Japanese kung-fu film, which audiences are guaranteed to love, but which is also going to spark discussions.
Without pushing the limits too far?
MR: It’s not about pushing limits. Rather, we hope to inspire people to think and reflect about what these limits really are. In my view, nothing is farther apart than children’s media reality and the wishful thinking of their guardians.