Brief interview with the director of Bloody Fairy Tales Tereza Kovandová (Czech Republic, 2018). Bloody Fairy Tales won Jury awards for the Best Screenplay, Best sound design and Best Editing in the competition of Comedy SPIFF World Cup of Genre Cinema.
SPIFF: What is your most vivid movie memory? Why and when have you decided to become filmmaker?
TK: I often remember film by Karel Zeman – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Its haunting visual and sound design still has great impact on me, not really positive, because it’s really scary film, but it sure is still vivid in my mind. I never really thought about becoming a filmmaker until I started studying FAMU. Before my studies there began, I had just a minor experience of making an animated short film, but I enjoyed it, so I continued.
SPIFF: At SPIFF movies are divided by genres. What is your favorite genre and why?
TK: As my film probably suggests, I love dark humor. I don’t really have one favorite genre, but I generally enjoy any film that works with dark humor, sarcasm etc. Plus fantasy films, when they are well done 🙂
SPIFF: How did you come up with the idea for your film «Bloody Fairy Tales»?
TK: It started as a short cut-out animation exercise – which was the Red Riding Hood part. Then when I was thinking about my bachelor’s film screenplay, I thought – why not make more of these twisted abominations?
SPIFF: Could you please list advantages and disadvantages of working on short films?
TK: I personally see mostly advantages, as I’m not a person who likes to work on something for extremely long periods of time. Feature films are so demanding, and I’m not sure I have what it takes in me. So short films are ideal for me. One big disadvantage is distribution, but it’s getting a bit better, not only because of Netflix and similar services, but also cinemas are starting to make special programs of short films (at least in Prague).
SPIFF: Please, list your favorite directors and films. Why do you prefer them?
TK: Of course I have to mention Quentin Tarantino, because he truly is a genius. Recently I just loved Jojo Rabbit, and I would like to get to see more films by Taika Waititi. Paolo Sorrentino, Martin Scorsese and Martin McDonagh are also great minds. And I have a soft spot for Wes Anderson and Tim Burton. There’s a lot more, can’t possibly name it all. Anyway what connects all these directors and films is their peculiarly dark humor, so that’s the reason.
SPIFF: What would you like to tell the audience of your film in Russia at SPIFF?
TK: Enjoy! And please when you see a “politically correct” fairy-tale anywhere, just don’t ever read it to your kids. It’s garbage. Fairy tales have always been and are supposed to be rough :)))