Progress of Iranian cinema is on the right path, and Iranian filmmakers have gained a special status in the world, said the German film editor Hansjorg Weissbrich, who is in Tehran to hold workshops at the 37th Fajr International Film Festival (FIff).
Weissbrich is famous for his ‘Storm,’ ‘Distant Lights,’ ‘Trade,’ ‘Colonia,’ and ‘Night Train to Lisbon.’
Florian Gallenberger’s latest film, ‘As Green as It Gets’ will be reviewed in a special program for German filmmakers at the Fajr film festival this year.
“I became familiar with Iran’s cinema industry through the works of the late director Abbas Kiarostami, most of whose films I have seen. Among other Iranian cineastes belonging to the next generation, I think that Asghar Farhadi stands out in the industry; winning two Oscars demonstrates the high level of Iranian filmmaking,” he said.
Speaking about his professional background, he said, “I began working on films in 1995, and I have contributed to more than 60 cinematic films so far.”
The film editor has collaborated with outstanding filmmakers including German Hans-Christian Schmid, German Florian Gallenberger and Russian Alexander Sokurov.
Touching upon his film awards, he said, “War crimes drama, ‘Storm,’ by Hans-Christian Schmid, which debuted at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, picked up the best editing award. I also won two awards for ‘Two lives’ by Georg Maas and Judith Kaufmann at the German Film Award in 2014.
Weissbrich said that he received the invitation from the Fajr organizers via the production company of German director Hans-Christian Schmid, with whom he has worked for more than 20 years.
Explaining his presence at FIff, he said, “Two years ago, Florian Gallenberger served as a jury member in the festival. He asked me to participate in the festival because it is a great opportunity to become familiar with the Iranian film industry.”
“Once I was invited to take part in the festival, I was really happy that the ground was paved to seize this opportunity to share my ideas with Iranian film enthusiasts while at the same time add to my cinematic assets,” he said.
“I will hold a workshop to serve the needs of students from a wide array of professional, personal and educational backgrounds. I will share my experiences about different cuts in editing, including standard, jump cut, and cutting on action,” he said.
He will also address techniques of editing and storytelling by presenting some examples from films he has edited.
“Film editing is critical and of great importance in the process of filmmaking, he said, “in fact, a film is born at the moment of editing.”
Editing is important in terms of film structure, styles of storytelling and even in acting, he said.
The 37th edition of FIff opened in Tehran on April 18 and will be running until April 26.