Austria - Daniel Morawitz
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Daniel in 23 Frames
- Describe yourself in ten words.
Always trying to find new ways to broaden my horizon.
- Your best quality? Your worst habit?
I’m ambitious and curious but I also get frustrated easily! Also, I daydream a lot (but that might actually be a good thing, right?)
- Your dream job?
I would love to work as a filmmaker, that has been my goal since I first learned what a “director” does.
- What do you like most about your country?
We have a great stability, infrastructure, health system and social system that supports the population. I always appreciated that the universities are free and that we have such a rich culture scene.
- Your favorite dish in your country?
I always had weak spot for “Käsenockerl”, basically Spätzle mixed with melted cheese and fried onions.
- Which word or phrase in your native language do you like the most and what does it mean?
Was du nicht willst, dass man dir tut, das füg auch keinem anderen zu.
It basically means that you shouldn’t do things to people, if you don’t want that they do them to yourself.
- What European capital have you visited lately?
Well, since Corona it has been hard to travel, but the last European capital that I visited was London.
- Other than your own, which European country would you love to live in?
A place where there is lots of warmth. Since I’m half-brazilian, I’m drawn to sunny places. Either Portugal or Spain!
- What does Europe mean to you? 3 values.
The broad spectrum of arts and cultures
The acceptance of other cultures and personalities
The maintenance of peace
- What film made you fall in love with cinema?
It would have to be the first Lord of the Rings movie, the Fellowship of the Ring. When I watched it on TV I was blown away and entranced by the sheer magnitude of the production. I thought I was part of this world.
- Your favorite film theatre? What do you like about it?
It has to be the “Gartenbaukino”, the biggest independent cinema in Vienna. The screen is just immense, and you just get instantly absorbed into the film.
- Who is your movie hero?
Oskar Schindler. In real life and in the movie, the definition of a hero in desperate times.
- Which movie director would you like to be?
Someone who can start discussions, polarizes the audiences and makes the act of watching a film feel like an experience. I’m thinking of Gaspar Noé, Alfonso Cuarón, Harmony Korine or Paul Thomas Anderson.
- Briefly describe your favorite scene.
We are in space; our hero is alone in his cockpit. Suddenly, a seemingly never-ending stream of light, colors, movement and landscapes that seem otherworldly to the common eye. The character is in the midst of a transition. When he wakes up, he is an old man. And when he goes to sleep, he is young again. Transcending time and space, suggesting rebirth.
- What are the 3 best European films you have seen in the last year?
Synonymes (Nadav Lapid, 2019, FR, IE, DE)
Systemsprenger (Nora Fingscheidt, 2019, DE)
Les Misérables (Ladj Ly, 2019, FR)
- Which film character do you most identify with?
The most relatable characters might be Seth and Evan from Superbad.
- Your favorite soundtrack or song?
My favorite soundtrack is probably Trainspotting.
- If you had to live in a movie, which one would you like it to be?
I’d love to live in the world of Lord of the Rings (after the destruction of the ring, for obvious reasons)
- Your life becomes a bio-pic. Who plays the role of you?
- Which talent would you most like to have?
To compose music or play an instrument
- What is your most treasured possession?
- What do you consider your greatest achievement?
To pursue my dreams and not give up after so many failures.
- What is your motto?
Everyone has their own pace, so better not rush but enjoy the ride.
Daniel is the ambassador of Stadtkino (Vienna). Find out more about the Cinema here