Interview With Virgil Widrich Winner of Cinefern Film Award and Competition

Nena & Dave Stewart: "Be my Rebel" a Film Written and Directed by Virgil Widrich won Best Music Video award at Cinefern Film Award and Competition's October 2018.

Nena & Dave Stewart: "Be my Rebel" Poster

The Film is about Children dream of what they will be as adults and adults dream about their childhood. But sometimes, when orderly life becomes paralyzed in routine, adults need the inner child to bring about change: "Be my rebel", the first collaboration of the two music legends Nena and Dave Stewart, premiered at Nenas 40th anniversary on stage. The accompanying video by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Virgil Widrich transfers the story into a dreamlike, glass mirror world that is powered by Dave Stewart at the controls of his classic modular synthesizers. At the typewriter: Nena as an annoyed bookkeeper, who threatens to disappear soon with her flower dress in her flower wallpaper. But the inner dialogue works in both directions and soon takes effect: rebellion changes the past – and thus also the future.

Interview With Virgil Widrich

Q: What is the basic Idea Behind the film?

Virgil Widrich: "Be my rebel", the first collaboration of the two music legends Nena and Dave Stewart, premiered at Nena's 40thanniversary on stage and won 46 international film awards. Children dream of what they will be as adults and adults dream about their childhood. I transferredthisidea into a dreamlike, glass mirror world that is powered by Dave Stewart at the controls of his classic modular synthesizers.


Q: How do you handle the Pre-Production, and Post Production?

Virgil Widrich: This video was made at very short notice and there was little time to prepare. I had an approximate story board in my head, but we also improvised on set with Nena and Dave in front of a black background. The postproduction was done by digital artist Oleg Prodeus, with whom I worked together to get the footage in shape.


Q: What do you do to stay calm during Production of the film?

Virgil Widrich: I try to prepare myself as well as possible, but most of the time I am calm in principle.


Q: What sort of stories excites you?

Virgil Widrich: I get excited about stories that are about life and not the Hollywood recipe.


Q: Do you think all the good stories have already been made into a movie?

Virgil Widrich: The new is as old as the world. There have been no truly new stories since the ancient Greeks, but there are an infinite number of ways to tell them.


Q: While casting for your film you prefer to cast a well known face or any new face which fit the character?

Virgil Widrich: It depends on the concept. Both ways are possible, but it is hard to mix stars and unknowns or even amateur actors.


Q: What is the most enjoyable thing about Production of the film?

Virgil Widrich: The postproduction.


Q: What is the best possible way to promote your film when you are on a tight budget?

Virgil Widrich: Film festivals are hugely important for artistic films, and I really appreciate the platform filmfreeway.comto get the festivals interested in my films.


Q: When your next film is coming and what is it about?

Virgil Widrich: I'm always working on several projects in parallel and it depends on funding what comes next.


Q: What advice do you want to give to the new and upcoming filmmakers?

Virgil Widrich: Today, every single film enthusiast has the technical capabilities to make a professional film for very little money. If there is now also something to tell, then something very beautiful can arise. If not, then not.

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