Painting stories from Israel

Painting stories from Israel

Israeli filmmaker Dan Wolman is one of the jury members in the category of Indian cinema at the 9th edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival (Biffes). He is thrilled to be a part of the festival and says it is his undying love for cinema and stories that draws him to film festivals in particular and movie-making in general.  Dan is one of Israel’s most influential filmmakers of his time.

He is known for his unique style of narration and powerful characterisation.  ‘The Dreamer’, which won an official entry at Cannes Film Festival, was his first step and he hasn’t looked back since.

He has written and directed personal feature films, commercial films, short films and documentaries.  He is best known for his film ‘Valley of Strength’ which won him numerous awards. In the city for Biffes, Dan takes time off to chat with Nina C George about his foray into the world of cinema.

What does filmmaking mean to you?
Films are an effective way of telling a story. I see myself more as a painter and a writer. Most of my films are very personal. The process of filmmaking to me is very simple.
 
What according to you is the most effective way of telling a story?
As a filmmaker, I make sure that I study every aspect of that particular subject, whether it’s history, art, culture and sometimes even delve into the psychology of the characters involved in the subject to make a powerful story. These aspects strengthen the narration.

What is your criteria for choosing actors?
I choose all my actors through auditions. I first take a look at the scenes in my films and analyse the expressions required for the same. I know who will fit into what I have in mind for the character.
 
What triggers a story idea in you?
Simple human stories fire my imagination and creativity. Human emotion is a powerful trigger for me to make a story. In this age of digital media, it has become relevant to bring real human emotions to the fore.
 
Your expectations from BIFFES?
I would like to understand what recipe Indian filmmakers use to make offbeat films. Commercial films will always have their space but my idea is to bring to the fore the lesser known subjects and characters. 

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