The Killer Inside Cristi Puiu

10/11/2010 2:30 PM |

Of course. Like Murnau, it is Aurora: Sunrise! He was another starting point. Great filmmaker, really great filmmaker. But his story is about what he wishes, not how the things are happening. And I had the problem with it. And I think lots of directors are doing so, and I am not against it, I am just noticing it. I am not interested in this. I am interested in how the things really are. I don’t know, but I try to understand. I try to get closer and closer.

But what I wanted to say is that we are not virgin. There is the title, there is the poster, there is what people are saying it, there is the killing. The poster on Aurora is important: it is myself on a bicycle by the rail tracks. No killing. I had a long discussion with our co-producer because he wanted me with a gun. I said, No, it is not about killing! Killing is a pretext. This film is about somebody who is following his ideas. If you are following your ideas, you end on killing people. I think yes!

Well, in this case, the character seems to be in a bad place.

I don’t know what to think. I don’t know what to say about this. Observing people around you leads to different conclusions. We are not observing people around us. If we are paying attention to how people are behaving, things are completely different. We are simplifying the world because we need our comfort, we need to know, even superficial, we need the answers to these questions, why are we here. I think that things are much more complicated. One of the problems that the audience has to face while watching Aurora is that what they know, what you know, about killing is something that visually comes through the means of cinema. Especially the fiction films, and then the news documentaries and other materials.

I think this is a problem of perception. But I think films and all these artistic objects, and not just artistic objects, are there in order to clarify our position and our perception. What I really think is that if we go to the extent, the whole extent of our ideas and vision of the world, we will end by killing. And this is because life, living in society, in a community, it is about negotiating your view on the world, my view, making compromises, and this is how things are. We do our best in order to make our lives livable. If we stick on our ideas on how the world is, on what the world is, what is good, what is bad, we end by killing.