Ulla Lührssen - Husby

12:40, 2006, Narrative
Summer 1986. A danish school in a german village called Husby. Mette has her first day on the new school. She is nine years old and dreaming a lot. Jacob, her classmate, invites Mette to discover the mysterious cupboard in the classroom. Nobody knows what’s inside, but together they explore the secret cupboard and Mette starts to daydream...

DirectorUlla & Tine Bay LührssenProducerUlla & Tine Bay LührssenWriterUlla & Tine Bay LührssenCameraNadja KurtzEditorChristoph StrothjohannCrewArt Director: Tine Bay Lührssen
Costume Design: Violetta S. Cyrankowska
Cast: Sofie Nielsen, Jorrit Mandus Hansen, Hille Nester and more


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Who is Ulla Lührssen?

Director and filmmaker in narrative fiction films.

Your film is about?

The moment in your childhood, when you realise the boy sitting next to you is of a different gender.

How did you start with film? And do you have an educational background in art or film?

My sister, Tine Bay Lührssen and me, started to say: Let’s do this film. Playing in the school of our childhood placed in the Danish minority in northern Germany. We both have educational background in art - my sister studied arts in Hamburg, i studied theatre directing in Essen.

Could you explain how you work, what themes or concepts and what is important to you?

Human beings as they are and woh they feel - in stories who are settled in an ideal, art space.

How does content relate to the form of your film?

The content is the most important and i t has to lead the audience through the story. The content is the meaning of it all.

How did the film come about? Everything (carefully) planned or more intuitive?

In Husby everything was planned and drawn on story board by Tine Bay Lührssen

How do you finance your projects (by yourself, sponsors or subsidy)?

By sponsors.

New Media; a challenge for film makers?

A necessity. A possibility to spread our work all over the world and get many people to see it.

How does the internet influence contemporary art in general according to you?

The internet doesn’t influence the content of my stories. It’s more a tool for working and nothing more.

What possibilities of the web are yet to be explored? Which dangers do you see ahead?

That the quality of good films get lost in the masses of material. We will lose ourselves.

YouTube? Why or why not?

Why not?

Does your work often circle the festival circuits, and do you visit festivals regularly?

Husby was shown on several festivals in Germany, Denmark and Brazil. If i can afford it or i’m invited i love to go to festivals. Films have to be seen in cinemas not on a computerscreen.

Do you often meet and discuss with other film makers through the internet?

I meet film people in real life.

How influential is the reaction to your film by the audience?

They like it.

What is your next project about?

A movie for adults and it’s about love.

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