"It usually starts with a visual glimpse, a puzzle piece. In this case I saw a girl standing in the corridor while her parents were fighting in the living room. As time passes I tend to connect any fascinations and other ideas with this intuitive ‘snapshot’. I have this fascination for cold people. People who can turn off their emotions and make rational decisions regardless of whether people think it’s wrong or unethical. And so Alma came to life and I put her into a situation where she has to be seemingly cold to move on and break loose from her current stagnated life. You could say I use her as an instrument to explore my fascinations."
"The writing took about 6 months, with intervals of me putting the story away and looking back at it a few days, weeks or even months later. The base of the story was definite in December 2017, the production began in early may 2018. I mostly like to write in my bedroom, indulging myself in ambient/electronic music while doing so. A made a lot of detailed plans in preparation for the shoot, such as floor maps, prop lists for each scene (I also did Art Direction) and wrote extended background stories for most characters. We didn’t have time to plan rehearsals, so I sat with the actors and thoroughly gone through the script, talking about subtext etc. I made a shot-list of the more visually complex scenes together with my DOP. But I’ve always had a few specific shots in my head from the beginning."