New Delhi: Austrian filmmaker Julian Polsler’s new film ‘The Wall’ (Die Wand) features a woman who one day finds her movements restricted due to some invisible walls. She is completely cut off from the real world now and is facing the challenge of surviving in an alien environment. Julian’s psychological drama has been praised at different film festivals including the 14th Mumbai film festival.
Julian Polsler speaks about his film, “My film is called ‘The Wall’ which is adapted from a very famous novel of the same name by Marlen Haushofer. It’s about a woman who has to survive in the woods because she is trapped inside an invincible wall. The film deals with some important questions of life; it’s a story about transformation.”
How much emphasis he has given to the written text while adapting it for the visual medium, “For me the nuances of novel were very important. How can we survive if we have nothing but ourselves? We have shown our film at many places and I was amazed to see that everywhere people have questions about life and its relevancy.”
Austrian filmmaker Julian Polsler\'s psychological drama \'The Wall\' has been praised at various film festivals.
What does the invisible wall signify in the film, “There are many interpretations for it. For some, this signifies depression, for others it’s more like getting cut from the real world, it’s necessary to ask these questions before we wake up one morning and realise that we are surrounded by invisible walls.”
Does he watch Bollywood films, “Yes, I love Bollywood films. I come from Austria where the filmmaking style is different. Whenever I feel depressed, I watch Bollywood films which are full of colours, fun and good mood.”
Bollywood style filmmaking is generating interest in filmmakers throughout the world and thus we can hope for such films in future which will be a perfect mix-up of Indian sensibilities and global thoughts.
Do you think the Indian audiences are ready to appreciate European films?