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Focus on Eva Weber

Focus on Eva Weber

We are very proud that for the 10th edition of Go Short, we may welcome Eva Weber as our guest in focus. Originally from Germany, Weber is a London-based director working in both documentary and fiction. Her multi-award winning film The Solitary Life of Cranes screened at the very first edition of Go Short in 2009 – this year Eva Weber is back to present more shorts she made.

Go Short 2018 will show her best films in a Focus on Eva Weber. Her films will take you on an immersive journey travelling from the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi to the twilight expanses of the Lappish wilderness to the deserted streets of Conakry after midnight, from behind locked doors to high up in the sky. She can also choose her own selection of shorts, which will be shown in the programme Eva Weber’s Choice. These films will surprise and inspire you: these are works that celebrate cinema ¬– and short film in particular – as an art form, and tool of social expression.

According to her, short films can – at their best – be more challenging, refreshing and invigorating than feature films. They can give a platform to voices that are absent in the world of big-budget blockbusters. It is therefore that in her films she wants to transport people to places that they have never been to, both emotionally and geographically. “Whether you see the world through the eyes of crane drivers (The Solitary Life of Cranes) or eavesdrop on the intimate mobile conversations of random strangers (The Intimacy of Strangers), each film will give you a unique insight into the world and the way we connect with each other.”

Her films will take you on an immersive journey travelling from behind locked doors to high up in the sky

According to her, short films can – at their best – be more challenging, refreshing and invigorating than feature films. They can give a platform to voices that are absent in the world of big-budget blockbusters. It is therefore that in her films she wants to transport people to places that they have never been to, both emotionally and geographically. “Whether you see the world through the eyes of crane drivers (The Solitary Life of Cranes) or eavesdrop on the intimate mobile conversations of random strangers (The Intimacy of Strangers), each film will give you a unique insight into the world and the way we connect with each other.”

There are different things that inspire Weber. It can be an image, a couple of lines in a newspaper, the paintings of Edward Hopper, the films of Werner Herzog or her hometown London. In particular, she is interested in exploring the conflict between intimacy and distance, of being removed but close, and how we are shaped by the environments we live in. Weber has conducted a lot and long interviews and had to deal with huge logistic challenges in the process of making her films. Although this method is often lengthy and time-consuming, it is not the reason for choosing short films. “I believe that each film has a right length; sometimes even a 10 minutes film can be too long or too short. I have been privileged that I had the opportunity and the freedom to find the right duration for most of my films while making them, in particularly in the edit. I don’t want my films to overstay their welcome. So, it’s less about the ways these films were made, and the effort or logistical challenge they required, but more about whether the material itself lent itself to being feature-length.”

Weber is currently developing a number of feature length projects, both through Odd Girl Out Productions and working with other companies. Amongst others, she is working on the fiction feature ‘Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name’, based on the novel by Vendela Vida. While she spent most of the last ten years making documentaries, Weber actually started making fiction films. “Nowadays, I split my time between both. – I have no preference, or be more honest, whenever I make a documentary; I wish I was working on a fiction film and vice versa. As the saying goes, the grass is always greener…”

In the beginning of March the complete program, including screening times of the Focus on Eva Weber, will be announced.