Constantin Maier’s narrative film follows Jonas, the young owner of a vinyl record store, who stumbles into a mysterious tavern by chance one evening. The tavern is detached from time and people from all kinds of different eras meet there. He falls in love with a Jazz singer, Eva Elana, from the 60s. But the time between the two will become their greatest enemy…
Constantin Maier was born in 1991 in Hanover, Germany and started very early to go after his passion to make films. At 13, he completed his first big cartoon film after two years of work. Since then he has made many short films and in the year
2013 he shot his first feature-length film, “An Evening of Eternity,” funded by the Nordmedia and the University of Applied Scienes and Arts Hanover and that was completed in 2015. Since 2011, he studies in the filmclass at the University of Applied Scienes and Arts Hanover (Major Media Design).
Q/A with Constantin Maier
1. What first drew you to making this specific film project?
I think I always wondered how you can be happy in life knowing that things don’t last, that it is inherent in all things to cease at some point. So there was an interest in exploring all these questions in a film project: What is time? How do we deal with the impermanence of the world? And is something like eternity even possible? The concept of time always fascinated me, as it is the most mysterious of all four dimensions. So at the beginning we then asked ourselves: what if there exists a place where time stands still? This what lead us the idea of a tavern which grants entry to people from all kinds of eras. And everything else developed from there on.
2. What is your favorite part of the filmmaking process and why? Any examples of this from your project screening at the MWFF?
The process of filmmaking as a whole is probably the most fascinating one. Working on all the details, from the screenplay to the actors, the shooting, the sound design, the music, etc. – and that every small part of that is necessary to create the final experience of watching the film. Still if I had to pick something it would either be screenwriting or editing. I love the freedom you have while writing, being able to explore another reality without any restrictions. And when you’re writing, you’re constantly creative, so except for the times you’re stuck, it is a beautiful feeling to write. Also there’s something about the process of editing, as the film finally comes together at this point and the narrative of the film starts to work – or maybe not. But even if not, the great thing about editing is that there are so many different ways of telling the story that more often than not you can make something work that wasn’t intended that way.
3. What were some influences for you on this project and/or as a filmmaker in general?
I don’t know whether I can tell direct influences, as I think it is something subconscious. But there are some directors I really like and I’m sure they have a big influence on my work. I like Richard Linklater, Charlie Kaufman, the Coen brothers, Christopher Nolan or David Fincher, and also more classical directors like Alfred Hitchcock or Sidney Lumet.
4. What is your favorite film?
That’s an impossible question to answer.
“An Evening of Eternity” is the third feature film of the night on Sunday, August 27 from 3-4:30 pm.
2017 MWFF TICKET INFORMATION
Fest tickets can be purchased online below or at mosaicfilmfest.com/attend for $10.
These are all screening/all weekend VIP tickets. They will also be available on Friday, August 25th at the Nordlof Center box office during the event. Single day tickets will be available at the box office on both Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th. They cost $5. Those tickets are only available on August 26th and 27th and are good for a full day of screenings on the day purchased.
For more information about the 2017 Mosaic World Film Festival as well as a list of all the films being featured visit mosaicfilmfest.com.