Words of Wisdom From Lone Scherfig
Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig has had quite the career, from her years at the Danish Film School with Lars Von Trier, to the making of her first feature film Italian for Beginners that followed the Dogma95 rules and launched her International career, and her Oscars nominated hit An Education.
Scherfig has developed a style that roots in her Scandinavian filmmaking background but departs from it in her pursue of exploring the human condition through a lighter lens, no matter how grave the topic. There is a wit and a comic-relief that is always present in her work, even if only by small touches here and there, that gives her story a constant touch of humanity.
And it’s precisely through this lens that Lone Scherfig thinks about Film:
This quote is from the David Lean Lecture Lone Scherfig recently gave. Scherfig, who is the first female filmmaker to have the honor of giving the David Lean lecture, shares below a great amount of knowledge and wisdom, going through her journey finding her voice, and learning to make films in her country and internationally.
I don’t say that often, and it especially pains me to admit it when it comes to BAFTA who usually does a stellar work, but both the sound and visual editing of Scherfig’s lecture are bad and make it very hard to focus on what she actually says. It is unfortunate it would precisely happen on this lecture.
My advice: pretend it’s a radio speech and ignore the video altogether, you’ll have a much better experience:
And if you would like to hear more about Scherfig’s journey, from Dogma95 to An Education, watch her masterclass below:[Vi Cinephilia & Beyond]