The Rodolfo Rivas Project
Season 3 Episode 12 – Elena Horn. Film Director of “The Lesson” (2020) and “Lands of Lost Content” (2017) amongst other films.
For the second time, The Rodolfo Rivas Project visited the Zurich Film Festival, and I was lucky enough to meet a couple of filmmakers. In this episode, I talked to Elena Horn the day after the premiere of her film “The Lesson”, which screened to a big audience that included lots of children. After the screening, the kids asked plenty of questions and vividly engaged with this thought-provoking material.
I had big shoes to fill when talking to Elena since I wanted to have an insightful conversation with her as she did the previous day at her screening. But, luckily for me, Elena made our conversation fun, even when we delved into some of the themes touched in her powerful film.
In our conversation, Elena tells us how she got into films after initially hoping to become a gymnast. She talks about the importance of learning all aspects of the filmmaking craft and discusses some of the topics she focuses on in her filmmaking.
About the film, and without going into spoilers, she tells us about the unique distribution model she chose for the film and talks about the importance of educating the youth. “The Lesson” took over five years in the making, and it is evident it is a labor of love by a committed filmmaker.
Time flew by during our conversation. I look forward to watching more films by Elena, and I highly recommend you watch this film because it tells us more about how we need to remember and tell the stories about the past to learn the lessons, even if they are painful. The Holocaust happened many years ago, but its consequences remain.
This is my conversation with Elena; I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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