Cinema for me is…
Joshua in 11 frames
1. What film made you fall in love with cinema?
I think the most magical experience for me was my mom putting on Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, US, 1964) every time I was sick as a child. Later as a teenager I was amazed by Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street (US, 2013). Now a few years ago, I was completely mindblown by Tarkovsky’s Solyaris (RU, 1972) – and shortly after even more by his Zerkalo (RU, 1975).
2. What are the 3 best European films you have seen in the last year?
All Quiet on the Western Front (Edward Berger, DE, 2022)
The Square (Ruben Östlund, SE, 2017)
Skammen (Ingmar Bergman, DE, 1968)
3. What does Europe mean to you?
Living in Europe is an incredible privilege and I am proud and grateful to be European. I still think we have to continue to fight for improvement for everyone, for equality, because we are not where we could be socially by now – considering the wonders humanity achieved and the excellence we can still achieve.
4. In 2024, I think it is important to vote in the European elections because:
Many people in history fought and died for democracy and the right to vote; we owe it to them to use our vote for what we believe will bring the best future to us as community.
5. What do you like the most about your country that makes it unique?
I love Vienna and the knowledge that many incredibly intelligent and ingenious people have lived and worked here – and eventually changed the world through their work and life. I feel inspired by their greatness.
6. Your favorite film theatre? What do you like about it?
I love the Stadtkino in Vienna. I’ve been there so often: when I moved to Vienna and didn’t know a lot of people, I went there like 3 times a week for some time. In the countryside where I come from, we don’t have “arthouse” cinemas, so the beautiful Stadtkino is a place I appreciate a lot and where I feel comfortable.
7. What is your dream job in the film industry?
I always wanted to become an actor and am working as one now. I’ve been lucky to have been a part of wonderful films already and I am looking forward to the coming projects. I’ve also already worked in production and camera crew on sets. Next to acting, I love writing-directing and am working towards my own feature films too.
8. Which film director would you like to be?
I wouldn’t like to be anyone else. I want to learn from many great directors but eventually find my own style of storytelling.
Big idols are Tarkovsky, Bergman, Kubrick, Fellini, Lynch, Lang, Murnau but also more contemporary directors like Tarantino, Haneke, PT Anderson, Cuarón, Östlund, Tarr, Coppola, and other amazing artists I can’t all name here.
9. Which film character do you most identify with?
CAPTAIN… Jack Sparrow
10. Your favorite soundtrack or song?
I love the soundtracks of Eyes Wide Shut, Leaving Las Vegas, Saturday Night Fever, Fight Club, Wolf of Wall Street and The Mirror.
11. If you had to live in a movie, which one would you like it to be?
The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, US, 2013)