How did the idea come to you?
"I wrote the first draft of Unlike Today (originally entitled Nicht im Traum), many years ago. A time when I visited my grandparents very often. Those also happened to be my first years attending film school in Lisbon, Portugal."
"At the time, my grandfather’s increasing hospital visits made me go back and forth between Portugal and Germany a lot. One day, I switched on my camera and started filming, probably to try to hold on to whatever was about to vanish soon. I looked for small memories, traditional habits, details and objects all over the house. I even interviewed my grandparents and other family members. I tried to understand what it meant for my grandfather to leave this world. Preparing to loose someone who didn’t want to go and whom I surely wasn’t ready to let go either."
"The final script is a dramaturgically condensed version of events I witnessed during that period. Most of these occurred at night when I was supposed to be sleeping but couldn’t. My grandparents’ struggle was simply impossible to overhear. I vividly remember the moments when I was standing outside their bedroom door, not knowing whether to intervene and try to help, or whether I should respect their privacy and just stay where I was. Writing down these memories became my driving catalyst for the script."