The 35th TEDDY AWARD ceremony might have officially ended yesterday but we’ve still got a few tricks left up our sleeves… Director Dasha Nekrasova joined our studio today, together with actress & writer Madeline Quinn and actress Betsey Brown, to discuss her feature debut THE SCARY OF SIXTY-FIRST. Consistently irreverent in tone, and reaching its peak during a memorable, psychedelic nocturnal trek to Epstein’s New York residence, the film exacts ruthless, mocking revenge on the perpetrator, while also taking us on a brilliant romp back through the history of film and the media.
Today we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming the director of WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY (original title: “Guzen to Sozo”) – Ryusuke Hamaguchi – to offer us a better understanding of his feature film. His new work could be described as a collection of short episodes, each revolving around a woman. They tell stories of an unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap, and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding. Awoken your curiosity?
Ending a new Berlinale day on the right note with director John Greyson and his moving short film INTERNATIONAL DAWN CHORUS DAY. Born out of pandemic isolation, the powerful story is based on the real-life satirical anti-dictatorship filmmaker Shady Habash, who died in Cairo’s notorious Tora prison, and Egyptian queer activist Sarah Hegazi, famously incarcerated for flying a rainbow flag at a Cairo concert, who later committed suicide after suffering severe trauma in prison. Despite the delicate theme it deals with, Greyson’s film gives freedom a whole new meaning.
Up next we’ve welcomed Jacqueline Lentzou in our TEDDY studio to chat about her long-awaited feature debut – MOON, 66 QUESTIONS. The story tackles notions of acceptance and communication (or the lack of it), while accompanying the flow of the unconscious and vivifying the grey areas of family life at the same time. Get an insight into the touching story here: