How did the idea for this film come to you?
“The idea to make a film about Hans Hansen came to me a few years ago. Hans used to work as a teacher at the Acadamy of Fine Art & Design in Maastricht and many years ago my father was his student. A few years ago they met each other again and so I met Hans as well. He told us that he lived with his sister for over 35 years already. When I visited his house for the first time, I was immediately fascinated by the interior and the way his paintings were part of it.”
“Everything seemed to be in place and precisely positioned. His sister Bernie was a very caring person, she made us feel welcome and made coffee and biscuits. But every wall and corner in the house seemed to be decorated with Hans’ own paintings and I became curious to Bernie’s opinion and her role in their household. Last year I asked them how would they feel to make a short documentary about their way of living and the role of art in their life.”
What was the process of writing the script like?
“I wrote a first draft for myself how I wanted to make this portrait and the story that I personally wanted to tell. But eventually during shooting I tried mainly to be an observator and to watch and see how they cope with each other when Hans is working on a painting.”