ATLFF Filmmaker Kristjan Knigge Breezes Through the Mix-and-Match Questionnaire

Complete this sentence: "If you liked _________ or _________, you'll love my film."

 If you liked "Audition" or "The Royal Tannenbaums," you'll like my film.

Is your film for cat people or dog people? Why?

 My film is definitely for cat people. Dogs aren't evil (generally).

What's the most challenging part of making a film for you? Do you enjoy the challenge or is it something to be avoided?

For me, the most challenging part of filmmaking is stopping. There comes a time when you have to leave the edit alone, and stop tweaking the comps, and be satisfied with the colour, and just enjoy the music and the soundmix, and just stop. Let it be. I love to fiddle and tweak and play and improve and adjust and correct and.... I have to just stop. Usually that means getting on and making something new... but I have been known to go back to a film years later and play with it some more... 

Of the filmmakers working today, whose talent do you want to steal?

Soderbergh. Without a doubt. 

Name three films you consider unappreciated and explain their hidden genius.

The Butcher Boy. Harrowing, moving, brilliantly told story. Amazing performance by the young lead. And Sinead O'Connor as Virgin Mary!

Cloud Atlas. Much maligned but I thought it was a triumph. A film of truly epic proportions that had me entranced for every minute of it's almost three hours. Hale Berry in the performance of a lifetime.

Moon. Watch it. Just watch it. Then watch it again. Pure storytelling, one of the best bit of acting you will ever see (Sam Rockwell). If you haven't seen it... just watch it.

What are your three favorite ways to eat potatoes?

Mashed, pureed or creamed.

Kristjan's film, "Resting Place," screens in the Other Worlds block of shorts this Sunday, March 22nd at 4:30pm at The Plaza Theatre! Get your tickets for this magical segment while you can!