Focus on Cinema

Insights and recommendations from top Sooner filmmakers

Istina - Tamara Denic
Tamara Denić - Into the Wild Mentoring

Interview with Into The Wild mentee Tamara Denić and winner of a student Oscar about Feminism, refugee status and film making.

Toni Karat - Narcissism - The Auto-Erotic Iamges
Toni Karat

Toni Karat, non-binary artist and filmmaker from Berlin

Justina Jürgensen - What the Fuck is going on between us, fuck?
Justina Jürgensen

From the soccer club, to the stage in the theater, to behind the camera. In this SOONER interview, Hamburg director Justina Jürgensen talks about her impressive career as a director and about sexism and heteronormativity - and not just in soccer.

Isis Rampf - Allesandersplatz - Haus der Statistik - Otto-Braun-Straße
Isis Rampf

In our SOONERCAST, Isis Rampf talks about her experiences with the Into The Wild mentoring programme, in which she is working on her new project GEFÄHRTINNEN. The programme gives her the chance to write material while being supported by a dramaturge and a mentor from the industry.

Sarina Laudam - Jacqueline May - Nur ein Freitag
Sarina Laudam & Jacqueline May

Together they realized their first joint film project in 2021 and founded the FLINTA* network Female Filmmakers Cologne the following year. They are currently working on their debut film as an author duo in the INTO THE WILD mentoring program. They talked to us about filmmaking, their film NUR EIN FREITAG and their favorite films on SOONER.

Eva Neidlinger - Fortuna Valentyn
Eva Neidlinger

Director Eva Neidlinger believes there is power in filmmaking - the power to make a difference. You can hear how she found her way from nursing into film, which also took her through Lviv, in the SOONERCAST interview with her.

Alina Yklymova - She's a good boy - Störenfrida
Alina Yklymova

With a passion for film and television production, her professional journey began, encompassing various fields and artistic projects. However, she found her true calling when she decided to study directing at the renowned Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.

Sophie Linnenbaum - Pix
Sophie Linnenbaum

Why do people make films? Why do we need festivals and why do fathers always sneeze so loudly? We discussed these questions and others with the filmmaker Sophie Linnenbaum. Sophie Linnenbaums interest in social issues was awakened early on by the strong regional patriotism of her home region - keyword: annual bratwurst summit.

Eline Gehring - Javeh Asefdjah - Sara Fazilat - Nico
Eline Gehring

ELINE GEHRING began her career in 2006 as a camerawoman and editor for German reporting in Paris, Prague, Kiev and Berlin. She shot a documentary for the German Bundestag in St Petersburg and worked for Deutsche Welle in Cairo in 2008

Philippe Grégoire - The Noise of Engines -  Le bruit des moteurs - Tanja Björk
Philippe Grégoire

Philippe Grégoire is a Canadian film director and screenwriter from the small village of Napierville, Quebec, whose debut feature film The Noise of Engines (Le Bruit des moteurs) was released in 2021 and is shown on Sooner. Philippe shares some insides how Noise Of Engines was created

Malte Wirtz - Gendercrisis - Geschlechterkrise
Malte Wirtz

Malte Wirtz is a German director and writer celebrated for his unconventional filmmaking approach. After graduating in 1999, he has worked as a theater and film director, collaborating with various theaters in Germany.

Pia Frankenberg - Nie wieder Schlafen - Never Sleep Again
Pia Frankenberg

Pia Frankenberg explores the uncertainties around us as she leans into the chaotic confusion of life without drawing set-in-stone conclusions. After first making two short films, she made two feature-length movies then released her last feature as director, "Never Sleep Again", in 1992. It is fair to say that her storytelling has retained relevance and topicality thanks to the frictions she addresses in her work where the personal and political collide. SOONER is showing all 5 Pia Frankenberg films, and spoke to her and released the interview on Soonercast.

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