Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Director Yuval Adler answers questions about his film Bethlehem.
Q. Because you have a Ph.D in philosophy, I was wondering whether there are skill sets from that field that carry over to directing a film. Is there any relationship at all?
A. There is, but not directly. In philosophy you have to have a certain openness to phenomenon, and I think that sensibility is very good in film. You don’t come already with a paradigm. There is no technique or worldview that I bring intellectually to the film. It’s just that ability to look, or as Heidegger would put it, to let the thing show itself. Because when you talk, it doesn’t show itself. You look and you open up, and suddenly the thing shows itself. That’s what you need to learn to do.
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