"I don't try to have a particular style which I impose on each project as a kind of ready-made concept. I experiment and try to develop a form based on the material. I'm not interested in representing a social milieu, but in describing the mental state it produces."
Photo: Reinhold Vorschneider (l.) and Thomas Arslan (r.) at the shooting of "Bright Nights"
“To be able to think about space we have to represent space, and in film we do that by setting up a media space between image and brain. Two-dimensional pictures arranged in science-fiction-like time structures and soundscapes that represent or contain pieces of reality.”
Photo: Heinz Emigholz at the shooting of "The Last City"
“As a director you have the opportunity to stage a small world and also to bring it to a new start - to do and to re-do. These are important things for me. (...) A film never really ends. The ending is arbitrary, because the money runs out or for other reasons.”
“The audience had no lobby in New German Cinema. I have always said that people paid and have a right to expect me to speak to them on film. That was interpreted to me at the time as corruption, but it means the exact opposite. (...) Film and audience = cinema.”
Photo: Roland Klick (l.), Robert van Ackeren and Marquard Bohm at the shooting of "Deadlock"
“David Lynch has said that he no longer makes movies because the market is dead. That’s true. Nevertheless we fight for every film (...). We often make small, radical films where we are used to fighting our way uphill all the time. One can only hope again and again that the films will retain a value, that the films will remain.”
Photo: Patti Smith (l.) and Frieder Schlaich (r.) at the shooting of "Three Stones for Jean Genet"