Can you tell more about the themes of Euregion and how they are reflected in the program?
Alexander: "The themes appeared after making a pre-selection. So we didn't look for films which fit the themes Dare & Endure, but noticed in the end that this was a way to categorize the favourites. The program Dare is dedicated to people who go beyond the usual, comfortable frame of their everyday life. Downward Facing Dogs by Karsten de Vreugd in the genre coordinates of the black comedy shows the depressed state of modern man and carries out his secret desires. Weightlifter by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk tells about hero whose equanimity bordering on apathy is a kind of cover for the tension that has seized him, which is suddenly found in outbursts of aggression, and the desire to take weight is not only mania, but also therapy, a way to cope with traumatic memories and neuroses. Something About Alex by Reinout Hellenthal an opportunity to defeat the demons of society and personality is unconditional love and acceptance between relatives. In Dafa Metti by Tal Amiran the luminous Eiffel towers combined with migrant tales of distant families, police harassment and comrades who found death in the Seine."
"The program Endure made up of films about people who managed (or at least try) to maintain their dignity in everyday tribulations.Waiting Room by Laura Huygen tells of a purgatory for refugees, month after month, year after year wandering in circles of boredom and despair. Unlike Today by Astrid Menzel is a depiction of difficulties that we encounter when we try to accept the physical extinction, our own or our loved ones. Zwart by Tommie Geraedts is a courageous mix of comedy about adultery, the drama of family life and the cyber thriller. By the River by Dan Braga Ulvestad speaks of both exotic Indian ideas and the universal nature of man, with disclosure social problems, thoughts about death and attempts to accept with the departure of loved ones. Fifteen-Two by John Summerson is a reproduction of the relationship of a married couple who has carried reciprocity through life."
"To my taste, the films of the Euregion Film Festival this time in particular expressively speaks about the inevitability of human hopes and fears, about the severity of the trials prepared for each of the living, and about the love of our neighbors and our own stamina, which allow us to withstand these tests."