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Mr Duke, you are a very inventive film Director, especially in documentary films. Has this something to do with your Childhood? Once you have described how you have invented after the war in Germany, their own toys.
I think cinema is something other than a Childhood without toys. But of course, they do not indicate anything other documentary filmmakers to make your. I styled in the documentaries, inventive or direct. So as it is repeated in a feature film-a bad runaway Take, I do that too in the documentary. I do this because there are things beyond the purely Factual. Therefore, I believe that my documentary films have always been a curious vitality.

there Is a limit to the Manipulation, you wouldn't exceed?
of Course. When I made my latest Film "Meeting Gorbachev", I began to invent wild and to place Gorbachev's statements in the mouth, he has never made. Since the substance of the film dictates uniquely the Form.

you have been talking for six months, with former Soviet President. You seem very nervous, were you?
Oh! I was left totally. Alive, because I think. I told him: "Mikhail Sergeyevich, you don't have to do it here with a journalist, I have no catalogue of questions." He made an impression, because we were able to lead a conversation in which no one knew in which direction it would go.

you grew up in a divided Germany, and have longed for the reunification. The meeting with Gorbachev seems to have particularly touched.
Therefore, I must also say that I respect him, but I love him for it. But, strangely enough, unites us even more, namely a similar Childhood. We both grew up in cities, but on the periphery. Both of them are without running water. In the case of Gorbachev, there was probably more electricity than us. An unusual Childhood, but in many ways similar.

we would have a say in the movie itself, that today there is a re-edition of the Cold war. What do you mean by that?
It has to do with a Narrative in the Western media. Today, it is not so important, what are the actual realities, but the question is: "Who owns the narrative?" Who dictates the narrative? In this respect, the demonization of Russia is a big mistake of the West. Russia will not attack the West. The first border that Russia has today, is those to the West. This is the overwhelming reality.

Putin, the Manipulator can't manipulate, not so much – would not be a very interesting figure for a movie by Werner Herzog?
He is a very interesting figure for a movie by Oliver Stone. His "Putin Interviews" are very impressive, because Putin comes across as someone who, except for acts properly far-sighted and has no intentions to regain the Soviet Empire back. As he appearance in the TV-question time with the rabid questions, circumvents the will, which is extraordinary. I could't call anyone in the world who has the political calibre of Putin. But be clear: Russia is not a liberal democracy, such as we wish them to us.

I wanted to ask you not ruthless, but perhaps a somewhat heretical question.
Out with it!

you have, with a view to documentary cinema, the notion of "ecstatic truth". Today, every conspiracy theorist seems to have his own ecstatic truth found. You see as Parallel?
This has nothing to do with truths, but with a distortion of realities. Distortions in the service of political positions. Suppose that in a "documentary" and put the word in quotation marks, I'm always about it – I invent something, I don't want to cheat Yes, so how is that in the political reality of the case. But I would like to glow in the depth.

Here of art as politics. So there are no analogies?
This is generally a legitimate and interesting question, because we are surrounded by manipulated self-presentations. But the distortion of facts in the policy, since we have records. The Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II. was represented in the frescoes as the winner in the battle against the Hittites. There is a contract between the parties, in the stands, that of Ramses II has not won the battle. Rather, it was kind of a draw!

you will visit during your time in Switzerland, the Cern. What do you want there?
The Strange thing is that I have to younger scientists a huge following. The shop me for years. I like it, even if I don't need to understand everything. But what is there made, is of exceptional significance.

you have a young fan base.
Since my movies are good to find on the net, I notice that there are now Year 15, the cover letter me. I was in the Royal Albert Hall in London and thought, I can see correctly: half The people under 20.

The documentary has a great future?
I think the boys have realized that Youtube and Twitter provide you with really the insights you are looking for. You want to look deeper. And if you look on Youtube, cat videos, and porn films, and you'll arrive almost inevitably at some point in my films.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 07.04.2019, 19:32 PM

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