By Manijeh Rezapoor

I know Iranian cinema through Kiarostami films: German editor Hansjorg Weissbrich

April 21, 2019

TEHRAN – German film editor Hansjorg Weissbrich has said that he is familiar with Iranian cinema through films by legendary filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s movies.

Speaking to the Tehran Times in an email interview, Weissbrich, who is in Tehran to hold workshops at the 37th Fajr International Film Festival, said that he has also watched Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation” and Mani Haqiqi’s “Pig” at the Berlin Film Festival.  

“I would love to know more about Iranian cinema than I currently do,” he added.

“A Separation” was named best film at the Berlin Film Festival in 2011, while, its cast ensemble received best actor and actress Silver Bears at the event. Haqiqi’s “Pig” was screened at the Berlin Film Festival in 2018.

Weissbrich will hold three workshops at the festival set for April 22, 23 and 24.

“In my workshops, I will address techniques of editing and storytelling by presenting some examples from films I have edited,” he said.

The editor has already collaborated with many world famous directors. He has won the award for best film editor at the 64th edition of the German Film Awards for George Maas’s thriller “Two Lives”. 

Weissbrich also said that he received the invitation from the Fajr organizers via the production company of German director Hans-Christian Schmid, with whom he has worked for more than 20 years.

“We have done all his feature films together since 1995, with ‘Distant Lights’, ‘Requiem’, ‘Storm’ and ‘Home for the Weekend’, all premiered at the Berlin Film Festival,” he said.

“I have also frequently worked with Oscar-winning director Florian Gallenberger, who was a guest of the Fajr festival two years ago,” he added.

Weissbrich has also collaborated with Gallenberger in his Oscar-winning short film “Quiero Ser” (“I Want to Be”), as well as his feature films “Shadows of Time”, “John Rabe” and “Colonia”.

Gallenberger’s latest film “As Green as It Gets” will be reviewed in a special program for German filmmakers at the Fajr festival this year.

The 37th Fajr International Film Festival opened in Tehran on April 18 and will be running until April 26.

Photo: Hansjorg Weissbrich in an undated photo.

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