I connect with all of the characters in my films. That’s what makes you want to make a film, that you can enter the mindset, the situation, the conflict, the contradictions.
I don’t want to make a film that “tackles history,” God forbid. It’s not about that.
Sims: Do you have any concept of what you’ll work on next?Well, I’ve got three ideas, they’re all kind of half-baked, but one is more baked than half.
It’s a big project, but in a controllable way, not commercial. One idea is in Poland, a very personal story about my parents, and one is about a young Johann Sebastian Bach, a kind of strange road movie about art and landscape and music.
Sims: Bach on the road to Leipzig?Yeah! Bach went on this strange road trip when he was 20, and an angry young man, and he had beaten up somebody and had problems in his church where he was the organist. And he went on foot to this master organist in Luneburg, who was the greatest organist at the time. Not much is known, so that leaves everything to the imagination, but it was 450 kilometers on foot in three weeks, and Bach with his lute.