Joachim Polzer is a very generous and organized man. He also programs the films for the Globians documentary film festival, www.globians.com makes all announcements, picks up visiting filmmakers at the airport or train station, organizes daily filmmaker lunches where we can all talk shop and meet other filmmakers and picks up the tab...It's not your usual Corporate sponsored film festival. It's very personal and intimate.
We premiered "Back to the Garden..." last night to a very receptive audience of international filmmakers and local Berliners. Sonja, My lovely German girlfriend from when I lived here in the late 70's, early 80's (before the wall was knocked down) came with Onkel Klaus (a former audio engineer in East Berlin in the 60's and 70's) and daughter Ines too.
What an emotional screening it was for me. I was choked up even for Jeffrey's "sky gods" section...and it just became more emotional as the film unfolded. Returning to Berlin with a film is a dream come true.
We got so many compliments but I think the most wonderful thing said was this morning at the directors lunch...A filmmaker from Brazil said to me..."your film...it's not a documentary... it's poetry! You must send this to the Sao Paulo film fest next year!"