by Martin Garde Abildgaard
Here we meet again. This time for your latest film, Lovebirds. Congrats! It’s always a pleasure to watch your films. From what we see, every detail counts in your work. In this case, you wrote and directed. Do you pay more attention to the overall effect of the final result or do you look at specific features in more detail throughout the process of writing and directing a film such as Lovebirds?
Details are creating the whole. And details are of course extremely important to me.
But it is also about creating feelings. Emotions. It can be in a music video, a feature film or in a short like this. It is about creating something which in some way is entertaining, but also thought-provoking.
What are some of the themes that you were considering when you decided to take up this project?
Hate. Ignorance. Stupidity. I feel that people meet each other more and more in a mistrustful way. Distrust is somehow ruling. Things are in some way getting more and more ugly. Out of control. I see it in politics. On social media. Hate crimes in schools. There is a sort of trigger happiness going on right now. People shoot before they think. It is in some way easier to blame the surroundings, rather than to look yourself in the mirror and face where the real problem is.
How would you describe working with Mady and Monette on this film?
They are really great to work with. Very professional. It was a true pleasure. A really great experience. I first saw them in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s masterpiece of a feature film “Amélie”. I was extremely fascinated by them. As I understand they are very much aware of their personal brand and also a bit picky when it comes to choosing projects. So I was of course very happy that they wanted to be in this film. They delivered a very personal approach to the roles and characters and they like the final result.
What matters to you that you’d like to highlight through Lovebirds?
Well, as said, the theme is about how we as humans look at the world around us, instead of looking at ourselves first. It's about how we judge. The journey for me has been about how to tell the story in the most interesting way possible. I also wanted to add a bit of humor.
The music is also an important feature in Lovebirds. Was the music choice as important as choosing the actors?
Everything is important. Actors. Interior design. Light. Colors. Framings. Wardrobe. Editing pace. Music. All of it. My job as a writer and director is to make all these things play together and become one authentic universe of a story.
You're excited about Lovebirds because…
The film has received some really good attention all over the world and the feedback has been amazing. I’m very happy that people connect to the story and theme.
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