Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, first time (in narrative form)
filmmakers hailing from Austria, made a fantastic yet deeply disturbing
film, Goodnight Mommy. It's been garnering much deserved critical
acclaim around the globe ever since it made a splash in the Venice Film
Festival last year.
The film's disturbing content makes sense when you consider Franz is married to Austrian auteur Ulrich Seidl (Import/Export, Paradise Trilogy and who serves as their producer) and Fiala being his nephew.
person, they are very open and passionate film fanatics who finish each
other's thoughts. They are an energetic pair whose enthusiasm for
filmmaking is infectious. Our conversation was filled with film geekery
TwitchFilm: GOODNIGHT MOMMY was great. But it was disturbing.Veronika Franz (V)
We ourselves want to be disturbed in cinema. That's what we expect a
film to be. That it will do something, stir things up in us.That's what Ulrick Seidl does. I got a chance to interview him when he was presenting the PARADISE TRILOGY.
Yeah, last year was it? Right. But these are different films. He
presents kind of different reality with his films and we tend toward
genre filmmaking.Severin Fiala (S)
: I think it's maybe that we start at the same starting point but we walk different ways.