With his first work “Der Baron der Raben”, Django Aerport, student of the Trickfilmklasse, won the public prize last month at the 45th edition of the “Young Collection Competition as a Forum of Young Films” by the Filmbüro Bremen e.V. Due to this event we interviewed the filmmake…
Django, can you briefly describe what is going on in “The Baron of Raven”, what does your film essentially show?
As the title of the film already reveals, “The Baron of Raven” is about a baron who lives a life with his ravens in the seclusion of his castle. In order to meet his position as a gentle and noble “baron of the ravens” he takes on great privations. But then the spectator experiences things that threaten to shatter the world image of the “baron of ravens” in its foundations …
We have heard you have noble ancestors. Is there a grain of truth to be found in this rumor? And if so, has the influence on your artistic work?
Yes, it is true. It is assumed that I came from a Far Eastern nobility. The crown on my head and the jewels in the countless drawers of my spacious apartments also suggest this. In “Der Baron der Raben”, I explicitly comment on this autobiographical topic. The result is clearly explained in the film “The Baron of the Raven”.
It is said that winning the favor of the public is the great art of filmmaking. How did it feel like to win an audience award with the first film? What happened in you when you received the prize in Bremen?
Of course I was very happy and touched by it. After all, the reaction of the audience shows only that the subject of “The Baron of Raven” is or is at least known to us, and although “The Baron of the Raven” – separated from the hustle and bustle of the world – lives in one place the most Probably only, if at all, from “hearing”.
Django, thank you for the conversation!
(The interview was conducted by Lukas Thiele and Daniel von Bothmer.) Photo credits: Filmbüro Bremen: http://www.filmbuero-bremen.de)