Luxembourg – Pauline Cano, Utopia (Luxembourg)

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Cinema for me is…

Pauline in 23 frames

1. Describe yourself in ten words.
Curious, distinct, friendly, open, creative, talkative, funny, passionate life enthusiast!

2. Your best quality? Your worst habit?
Best quality: I have plenty of ideas ! Millions !
Worst habit: And I like to eat ice cream when it’s cold outside.

3. Your dream job?
Artist. I want to be an actress, a singer, a filmmaker, a screenwriter, a painter – combining all this, the right word is Artist.

4. What do you like most about your country?
In 10 minutes of walking in the street you can hear at least 5 different languages.

5. Your favorite dish in your country?
Gromperkichelchen” – it’s a potato pancake we eat it with apple sauce. You can get at markets for festivities, for instance the Christmas Market. The dish goes with the event, otherwise the taste is different!

6. Which word or phrase in your native language do you like the most and what does it mean?
Kaffiskichelchen” – it’s  Luxembourgish, one could translate it as pastry. I think the word sounds cute and in addition, it’s tasty!

7. What European capital have you visited lately?
The City of Light – Paris.

8. Other than your own, which European country would you love to live in?

9. What does Europe mean to you? 3 values.
Cultural and linguistic diversity, fight for social peace and rich history and culture.

10. What film made you fall in love with cinema?
Back to the future by Robert Zemeckis (1985, US).

11. Your favorite film theatre? What do you like about it?
The Cinémathèque in my city, because you can see non-mainstream movies, movies of other countries and older movies.

12. Who is your movie hero?
Jasmin Münchgstettner in Out of Rosenheim (Percy Adlon, 1987, DE).

13. Which movie director would you like to be?
Without any doubt – David Lynch!

14. Briefly describe your favorite scene.
One of my favorite scenes and the one that, in my eyes, is most touching, most poignant, is the scene in The Elephant Man (David Lynch, 1980, US) when John Merrick is visiting Dr. Treves and his wife. John is contemplating pictures of their family and friends and shows them his mother’s picture he’s permanently carrying as an amulet. After having taken back his amulet, John starts sharing his grief, that he feels like he has disappointed his mother. Despite of Frederick Treves’ wife trying to comfort him because she feels stricken, he keeps telling how he wishes, things would be different.

15. What are the 3 best European films you have seen in the last year?
Le Daim (Quentin Dupieux, 2019; FR)
Volver (Pedro Almodóvar, 2006, ES)
Antichrist (Lars von Trier, 2009, DK)

16. Which film character do you most identify with?
The Tiger in Life of Pi (Ang Lee, 2012, US).

17. Your favorite soundtrack or song?
“Ausencia” by Cesária Évora, featuring in Underground by Emir Kusturica (1995, RS).

18. If you had to live in a movie, which one would you like it to be?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Tim Burton, 2005, US).

19. Your life becomes a bio-pic. Who plays the role of you?
I think the one which fits the best is L’Auberge espagnole (Cédric Klapisch, 2002, FR). Xavier could play the role of me.

20. Which talent would you most like to have?
Being a good dancer.

21. What is your most treasured possession?
The chess game I got from my great-grandmother.

22. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Haven taken part in the filmed artistic project Wir Überlebenskünstler. It’s a project we started working on during the first lockdown in our German drama class. It’s one of my greatest achievements because I was playing the role of a deserter and it was actually my own idea, I invented that character and wrote my text.

23. What is your motto?
“Carpe diem” – Seize the day.

Pauline Cano is the Ambassador of Utopia (Luxembourg). Find out more about the Cinema here.