16th ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival

9th, 10th, 11th April 2021
Wiebke Becker 
OUT OF JOINT
Student Film  
Germany 
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A diagnosis feared by everyone: When 18-years-old Thomas can no longer keep his paedophilic secret, his family is about to be thrown out of joint.

 

Hi Wiebke thank you for talking to TNC and congratulations on having Out of Joint selected for the 16th ÉCU Film Festival in Paris, what does it mean to you to be part of such an amazing lineup of short films?

 

It’s a great honour to be part in the festival. And I am very happy about it that my film „Out of Joint“ is now entering the international festival stage.


You are the founder of Knallrot Filme, what made you want to create your own company to produce your films? 

 

In 2013 Maren Heyn, my Co-Founder, and I graduated with a bachelor degree in Filmmaking from University of Applied Science in Dortmund, Germany. During that time, we were still working on a long time documentary about a housing project and we decided, that we want to continue with the work, even if we are not longer in film school. So we founded our own company „Knallrot Filme“ and now we are enjoying the freedom, to produce the movies we are interested in. It always felt very natural, to do so.

 

You are a graduate from the Master's programme at the Hamburg Media School, what was this experience like for you, and is film school something you would recommend for anyone interested in filmmaking as a career?

 

Definitely yes. Because during this two year programme i learned so much about directing actors in a very concentrated environment. And it was great to be part of a group of people who have the same driven passion about filmmaking. And the school is a good opportunity to network.

Can you tell me a little bit about Out of Joint, how did this film come about?

 

At Hamburg Media School, we have this very special way of producing movies. The screenplay students write several short films and on a certain date all the screenplays are sent to the directing, production and cinematography students. So, I had 10 screenplays in front of me and "out of joint " caught my attention straight away. Marius Meyer, the screenwriter, had found a very special way to address the complicated and problematic issue of paedophilia.  I was curious to see if this could really be made into a film.

"...every decision I make is character driven and that wasn’t always like this."

What was the inspiration behind this film?

 

The screenwriter Marius Mayer, saw a short documentary about a paedophile teenager and just started to write about it, out of an impulse.  

What where the biggest challenges you faced brining this film to life?

 

A big challenge was to strike the right tone. I didn't want to stigmatise or downplay the topic. I always weighed up every creative decision, from the storytelling to the casting, to the music. For me, it was always important to put the family in the centre of the story.

Looking back is there anything you would have done differently on this film?

 

I would add a scene only with the mother. 

Where did your passion for filmmaking come from?

 

I can’t really tell. As a child and teenager i loved playing theatre at school, and my father is a passionate hobby photographer so i started taking pictures too. In the next step, I just combine this two things and suddenly I was a filmmaker. 

How has your approach of your filmmaking style changed since your started out?

 

When I started with filmmaking, more than ten years ago, i was fascinated by the possibilities how you can tell a story with the camera, light, colour and music. But the longer I make films, the clearer it became for me, that all this is just powerful, when it makes sense for the character. Now, every decision I make is character driven and that wasn’t always like this.


Is there any advice you have been given that has really helped you?

 

Listen to your gut and don't forget to breathe.

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Do you think filmmakers should continue to push the boundaries of the films and stories they want to tell?

 

I think before we start making a film, we should question our self, why do I wan’t to tell this story and am I the right person to do that? And if you come to the conclusion, that you are the right person to tell this story you shouldn’t think about boundaries and just tell it in your unique way. 


What tips or advice you would offer a fellow filmmaker?

 

Listen to your gut and don't forget to breathe. I am still learning it too :D
 

And finally, what do you hope people will take away from Out of Joint?

 

That there are two sides to everything. You can just stop loving your child, because he isn’t the person you always thought he is. And that prevention is the key to a healthy society.