Tobias Nölle

Tobias Nölle, attends Liceo artistico, Zurich and later 1999-2003 School of Visual Art, New York. Works as independent director since 2003.
One of his latest films 'René' was screened in London as part of the CINÉPHILIA MID-LENGTH FILM JAM, on Sunday 26th April.

Tobias Nölle writes about his film René:
When I see somebody talking to himself or to a tree or just doing anything that doesn't fit into our perception of "normal behaviour", I get curious. Why does this man kick a ball into the forest? Where does he come from? What does his bedroom look like? People like René live in a parallel world incongruent with our usual rationally structured reality. In making this film I wanted to create a visual atmospheric picture of Renés world, rather than explore the social aspects of the life of an outcast.

How – What – Why – Where – etc.

When did you finish your film René?

Summer 2007, the first screening was at the International Film Festival Locarno.

The duration of your film René is 29 minutes - this is not particular a short movie. What is your intention to make it this long, but not longer?

It’s the time it took to tell the story or at least how I felt about it during editing.

Isn't it risky to publish such a film and miss the short film festivals?

René was very successful at the festivals. Besides Cannes and Berlin there are not many time restrictions.

Did you have difficulties to avoid too many clichés or to be to pastiche with your film René?

I didn’t think of clichés while making the film. (Which clichés are you talking about anyway?). Generally I don’t mind playing with clichés as long as they don’t turn your story into a cliché.

Is the question: If a tree falls in a forest, does it make a sound? of any interest for you? (You forgot: „and no one is around to hear it...“)

Of course. If you make a film and nobody sees it... Art becomes art through reception and dialogue, not on its own.

The setting of the film is very carefully selected. Did you work yourself on the selection of the different sites? Where did you find the apartment building where René lives, for example?

It’s all in and around Zurich. I tried to achieve a personal view of my city and also to make it more universal at the same time. Switzerland is visually not yet defined on film. It’s not Manhattan. This is what I like about it.

Where do you live and work?

Mainly Zurich, but I spend quite some time in New York.

Where would you go to watch movies or short films?

Wherever they play…

Which website, books etc would you check regularly to learn about inspiring visual material?

Filmmaker magazine, Film comment, FAZ, photobooks, exhibitions, vintage magazines and newspapers