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Valerie Pachner – The Ground Beneath My Feet #Berlinale2019

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Playing an hideous character without judging her: Valerie Pachner on her role in Marie Kreutzer’s film.

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PODCAST| Chiara Nicoletti interviews Valerie Pachner, actress of the film The Ground Beneath My Feet.

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“Lola is so many women I have seen. Actually women I am highly irritated by, personally”: these are the words director Marie Kreutzer uses to describe the protagonist of her film, The Ground Beneath My Feet, screening in competition at the 69th edition of the Berlinale. Valerie Pachner, who plays Lola in the film, confirms her director’s opinion and her struggle to play a deeply troubled woman who wants to exercise control over everything in her life. How difficult was it to play Lola and to not judge her while pitying her and disagreeing with her actions? Valerie Pachner describes her approach to the character and her work on finding a balance.

The Ground Beneath My Feet: Lola is almost thirty. A successful management consultant, she is constantly on the move between the companies she is tasked with restructuring. Her chic apartment in Vienna is more of a mailbox and a launderette than a home. A hundred working hours a week is not uncommon in addition to five sessions at the gym, expensive dinners with clients and nights spent in sterile hotels. Her career, which she is advancing with cleverness, efficiency and ruthless cunning, appears to be unstoppable. She applies a similarly disciplined approach when it comes to managing her private life. This means that nobody is allowed to know about the existence of her older sister Conny, who has been suffering from mental illness for a long time and who never leaves her apartment. But when Conny attempts to commit suicide, Lola searches for a way to be there for her. Marie Kreutzer’s portrait of the jet-setting Lola reveals that there is sometimes just a thin line separating polar opposites such as order and chaos, rise and fall – even for someone who thrives in a society fixated on achievement.

  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Valerie Pachner
  • Interviewee role
    Actress
  • Film title
    The Ground Beneath My Feet
  • Festival section
    Competition
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