Complete this sentence: "If you liked _________ or _________, you'll love my film."
Martin Edralin: Julien Donkey Boy or Amour
Hannes Thor Arason: If you liked Happiness or Taxi Driver, you'll like my film.
Is your film for cat people or dog people? Why?
M: Cat people. Because I'm a cat person.
H: This film is for all animal lovers. The only animal that actually appears in the film is a goldfish and we took very good care of it.
What's the most challenging part of making a film for you? Do you enjoy the challenge or is it something to be avoided?
M: Writing. I hate the challenge but fight through it.
H: The most challenging part is financing. It is also the part I least enjoy about making movies but of course it can't be avoided.
Of the filmmakers working today, whose talent do you want to steal?
M: Terrence Malick
H: I respect a lot of filmmakers but I wouldn't want to steal anybody's talents because that would mean I couldn't be surprised by their films anymore.
Name three films you consider under-appreciated and explain their hidden genius.
M: "From What Is Before", Lav Diaz. Its respect for time.
"Gummo", Harmony Korine. It's beautiful.
"The Turin Horse", Béla Tarr. Its simplicity and the weight of silence.
H: The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Happiness (Todd Solondz) although I understand that it's not a film for everyone.
Usually I think the hidden genius behind under-appreciated films is the fact that they're under-appreciated.
What are your three favorite ways to eat potatoes?
M: Mashed, french fries, kettle cooked chips.
H: I like 'em sweet, peeled and French.
Martin's film "Hole" and Hannes's film "Happy Endings" screen Friday, March 27th at 9:45pm with the Love NC-17 shorts block at The Plaza! Get your tickets to an exploration of malleable love.