Oliver Schmitz:

Life, Above All, his story about AIDS in a small South African town. It’s the first film to be shot in Sepedi, a language spoken by four million South Africans – but not by him.

“I’ve always worked like this,” he says on the phone from Berlin. “I have a hearing impediment, so spoken language is not the primary experience for me. The silences in the film are just as important, and the actors’ faces. It’s about trust and instinct.”

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