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Nicolas Steiner – Above and Below #KVIFF2015

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Nicolas Steiner stretches the boundaries of the documentary filmmaking form in his feature debut.

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Nicolas Steiner – director – Above and Below

FRED’s Matt Micucci interviews Nicolas Steiner, director of ABOVE AND BELOW, which was screened handpicked to be screened in he Variety Critics’ Choice section of the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Having received a very positive reception on the international film festival circuit – particularly Variety that handpicked it for their features section at Karlovy Vary – with half of its festival run still to go, Nicolas Steiner takes time off his busy schedule to talk with us about his feature debut.

ABOVE AND BELOW tells the story of the life of fascinating individuals living lives on the margins of society. He does so in a very unique way that manages to stretch the boundaries of the documentary filmmaking form. We talk about his exceptional vision and the way in which he brought it to the screen, as well as his close collaboration with the many aspects that came together to make ABOVE AND BELOW possible – from the brave cinematography, to the intuitive editing and meticulous paid to sound and music.

ABOVE AND BELOW: A not-quite-documentary probing the damaged psyches of five characters floating on the margins of American society, whom the director filmed in their frequently shocking environments over a number of years. Unconcerned with sensationalism, the film presents a focused study that reveals its creator’s deft hand at social anthropology.

Click here to visit the official Facebook page of ABOVE AND BELOW

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Nicolas Steiner
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Above and Below
  • Festival section
    Variety Critics' Choice
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