Lesley Gilb Taplin interviews Filmaka Jury member Wim Wenders about the importance of locations and how they are reflected in his work. He also talks about his two latest films shot in the Los Angeles Art District.
About each location having a story to tell:
WW: Indeed. There’s little I can add. PARIS, TEXAS started by the desire to explore the American West from scratch. WINGS OF DESIRE was a way to describe the city of Berlin in the most complex way possible. BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB was also a discovery of Havana, as END OF VIOLENCE was a portrait of Los Angeles…
About working in the busy city of Los Angeles:
WW: We certainly didn’t disturb anybody. We didn’t even stop traffic, but went with whatever happened in the streets. Which wasn’t easy. This was NOT a documentary, but a fictional story. Actually, we were treated very friendly by the locals, the residents as well as the homeless. I remember one guy looking out of his tent, shaking his head: “Man, you ARE low budget!” I feel we were able to capture the atmosphere of Downtown LA much better with our small unobtrusive digital equipment than any film camera would have ever allowed us.
You can read the whole interview HERE