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Take 5 with “Zweibettzimmer”

We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Fabian Giessler, writer and director of Zweibettzimmer. This film will be screening Friday, Feb. 7 at 12:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m.

#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.

Zweibettzimmer is a short animated parable about the greed of men. It is an intimate play of two characters in one claustrophobic location. They are both in quite the same situation…but the word “quite” is here the only one that causes the deadly conflict in the end…

#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?

What I noticed at nearly every short film I made - live action animated - it is totally exhausting while you do it and it is such a satisfying feeling when it is done. The one difference between animation and life action is that the production time is by far longer because you have to produce every single frame by yourself!

#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?

I studied Media Art and Design at Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany, and produced several short films that were presented and honoured on international Film Festivals. I work as freelance Filmmaker and lecturer for Film and Animation at the Bauhaus Film-Institute as part of the Bauhaus-University. I live in Weimar together with my wife and little son.

#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?

The Screenplay is based on a short story by German author Wolfdietrich Schnurre (1920-1989) - The story about a universal conflict between two static characters was inspiring! The story itself was very brief - half a page, only a short description of what happened. I decided to create an animation that reflects a problem of today’s society: The greed of man. For me it was even more than that – the story circles around a self-reflexive layer about storytelling and the power of imagination. On the other hand I wanted to show human abysses in this one claustrophobic location: What is the slightest difference between two people that causes the desire for killing?

#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?

I hope the film will live on the screens for a while on festivals until the short life of a short film is over. Although I am interested in feature films too I am kind of addicted to the short narrative form of film… I am preparing some short films right now. The next will be animation again and after that I am planing to return to live action shore again.

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