Three days with the charismatic Ron Burrus who shared with us his method of working on a scene. Thank you Wolfgang Murnberger for making it possible.
Mr. Burrus apprenticed under Stella Adler for the teaching of technique and then taught alongside her for 10 years before opening his own Ron Burrus Studio in Los Angeles. Twenty-five years later Mr. Burrus rejoined the staff in New York and merged his studio with the Stella Adler Studios, NYC for the creation of the Art of Acting Studio, Los Angeles. He is known to be the greatest exponent of Stella Adlers work. Spending most of his teaching time in Los Angeles has resulted in Mr. Burrus adjusting the realistic acting technique (Marlon Brando being the foremost student) for film and the articulation of its doable principles for the 21st century. 2020 will mark the beginning of his 47th year of teaching.
As for Ron talent is the ability to connect to the life of something. Loved this one!
Four days with Jessica Hausner at the Filmakademie Wien. Jessica introduced us to her approach to casting. Great time and worthy insights.
Michael Haneke invited the legendary Jean-Louis Trintignant to a Filmakademie Wien. What a treat to see their admiration for each other plus being so close to Jean-Louis and having the possibility to ask questions on his work with film directors. Unforgettable.
My first feature film project has been selected for the particpation in the Zürich Master Class https://www.zff-masterclass.com/master-class-participants
Attending a great master class with Ulrich Seidl that ended with a screening at the Viennese Cinemateque where Ulrich generously treated us with with schmalz-bites and the best Austrian wine. Yay!
I feel honored to be among invited guests talking about the powerlessness of narrative facing the today world, that Olga Tokarczuk, the 2018 Literature Nobel Prize winner introduced with a powerful lecture. Next to me the great Polish documentary filmmaker Paweł Łoziński, whose work I truly appreciate.
Am Himmel wins the FIRST STEPS Award in the category medium length feature film. On 24 September 2018, the 19th First Steps Awards ceremony took place on Berlin’s Stage Theater des Westens. “The aim is to honor filmmakers of a whole new generation,” emphasized Iris Berben, President of the German Film Academy, in her opening speech. “And this generation makes films that are uncompromising. In their attitude, their design, their dramaturgy, their characters. It’s impressive how good these films are.”The First Steps Awards were presented in a total of ten categories. Lukas Feigelfeld (“Hagazussa”) was honored for the best feature-length film. The award for the best medium-length feature film went to Magdalena Chmielewska (“Am Himmel”), for the best short and animated film to Mate Ugrin (“In der Zwischenzeit/Meanwhile”), for the best documentary to Johannes List (“Tackling Life”), and for the best commercial to Michael Kranz (“myBorder´s joyFence”).
Am Himmel won the best feature film award at the JUVINALE in Salzburg! We are happy and grateful.
2019, January: Am Himmel is celebrating his German premiere at the Max Ophüls Prize in Saarbrücken.