Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Tykwer on Kieslowski

Sean Axmaker talked to Tom Tykwer in Tom Tykwer and the Collector's Compulsion (GreenCine 27/12/06)

Axmaker: Heaven is directed from a script by Krzysztof Kieslowski and Perfume is an adaptation of a novel. All your previous films have been your own original scripts, if I'm not mistaken.

Tykwer: Well, this is also my script. I mean, I had two co-writers, but I really put a lot of effort into making it. I can't really think of myself not being involved at all in the writing. But, yes, I know what you mean. It's different material. Also, in Heaven, we'd been really working a long time on this script together, but I didn't want the credit for it. It is really only the material itself that attracts me because it needs to touch something that I have a very subjective and personal relationship to. Kieslowski's script just did it. It was one of those scripts that I read and I felt like, "Wow! That's the one. That's the script I've always wanted to write but was never able to."

Axmaker went on and asked two more Kieslowski-related questions, but - perhaps understandably - Tykwer preferred to focus on his latest finished project - Perfume.