Pawel Pawlikowski Quotes

Pawel Pawlikowski Quotes.

The changes are part of my writing process. When I write, I imagine scenes. I write things down. I take photographs. I do some casting. I rewrite. It’s a permanent making or remaking.
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The documentaries I made were never normal documentaries. They were about subjects I was obsessed with, and I suppose I thought I could sculpt them. What I think I do with my fiction is the same.
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I come from a magnetic field of Catholicism. I was baptised by my mother‘s family, who were all traditional Catholics. But my mother was the black sheep of the family – she ran away to the ballet at 17.
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It’s wonderful that Poland is free again and there’s open debate and people can pursue their interests. I’m all for it.
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It’s so difficult to actually come up with ideas that you really fall in love with, you know? That’s the most difficult thing about filmmaking – and that’s my main challenge in life.
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I always thought that life is full of stories and characters that feel like literary stories and characters. So when I started making documentaries, they weren’t humble empirical things, just following people around. I was always trying to impose a story.
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‘The Restraint of Beasts‘ is a painful subject. We’d shot 60% of the film when I had to stop. The material looks great, like nothing I’ve ever done or even seen before. It could have been really great, definitely original.
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In America, I don’t think you have the creative freedom that I’m used to. Traditionally, it’s a producer‘s cinema here.
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I connect with all of the characters in my films. That’s what makes you want to make a film, that you can enter the mindset, the situation, the conflict, the contradictions.
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What’s been lost is allowing cinema to be artful, playful, to have ambiguity, to have form, to be contemplative, to wish to be art. This slightly timeless approach to reality, like Chekhov in literature, where you look at all humanity and try to find what’s transcendent.
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I lived a pretty chaotic life. I went to England, and I moved around, and there were a lot of things that I was interested in. I wrote poetry. I took photographs. I was a musician and all sorts of things. Nothing brilliant, but I did all these different things.
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I dread to be compared to all these directors who have a lot of spontaneous emoting and swearing in their films – that is death; it’s a cul-de-sac. It doesn’t lift the material at all. It’s just a cliched reproduction of what we think is normal behaviour.
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My films are always a reflection of where I am in my life.
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With documentaries, what’s beautiful about them is that you capture something unique in a shot, something that will never repeat itself.
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For me, filmmaking is not exactly a career. I was never in it for Hollywood or anything. My films are markers of where I am in life, where I am in my head. So that’s what I’m working on, and I try to keep things in proportion – life and filmmaking. One feeds into the other.
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I’m a pretty chaotic person, but I’m also a perfectionist. It’s a very unfortunate mix.
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I grew up cinematically in the ’70s. I was watching a lot of Godard, Bresson, Dreyer, and all sorts of old films and the Czech New Wave.
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I’m so happy when someone does something original, and there’s no focus group or planning committee. If the cinema doesn’t get an injection of that once in a while, we’re in trouble.
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I usually make films about what’s on my mind at any given time.
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I love good TV shows, but it’s not what I do. I kind of sculpt my films as I go along. And TV is all about writing, so you just shoot, shoot, shoot what’s written.
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I have this theory that if you do a film, those who have not fallen asleep or left the cinema, they will live with the film much longer, and it will really enter their imagination and the subconscious much more profoundly.
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I never made films like kind of career moves, like making this film in order to make that film in order to end up in Hollywood.
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Art is not journalism. In art, you don’t make it to convey a message.
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‘Ida’ is about humanity, about guilt and forgiveness. It’s not a film that deals with an issue as such. It’s more universal.
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I always write three or four projects at the same time. They’re stories that I want to tell, and usually I dump them unfinished for the next one in order not to get too cornered and depressed about it.
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For me, each film, each script is like a little journey in itself, and I’m reinventing the wheel. It’s like, ‘How do I make this film?’ That’s part of the pleasure, and that’s why I’m not a normal professional director.
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Just by my home is an entrance to the sewers they used in the Warsaw uprising. I grew up knowing people died down there. Warsaw was once a battleground; then it became a morgue. It’s a city littered with ghosts. And that never left me.
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Every good film is a bit like a dream, when you come away from it. That’s what you should aspire to, rather than some social document. I want to create a little world that will stay with the audience.
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When I watch my early documentaries, they’re very eclectic. They don’t follow any particular [pattern]. I would have gotten thrown out of film school because I didn’t. I was just putting them together somehow as the spirit moved me, following my nose, thinking I was brilliant.
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Life is complicated, and art has the right to be complicated, too. I don’t like films that simplify.
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I don’t know what directing actors is all about apart from just casting well and then shaping their performances a bit, you know.
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For me, actors have to have a character, an aura, body language. They’re not models. They used to call actors models. But I want them to participate in the film.
Pawel Pawlikowski
When I write, I imagine scenes. I write things down. I take photographs. I do some casting. I rewrite. It’s a permanent making or remaking.
Pawel Pawlikowski