Magazine article Screen International

Munich: Director Linus De Paoli Talks 'A Young Man with High Potential'

Magazine article Screen International

Munich: Director Linus De Paoli Talks 'A Young Man with High Potential'

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The German director says he is inspired by the genre-defyng work of Lars on Trier.

Linus de Paoli, Paulina Galazka, Amanda Plummer, Adam Ild Rohweder, Anna de Paoli

“It’s my darkest work yet,” says director Linus de Paoli of his second feature A Young Man With High Potential.

The English-language film had its world premiere in the New German Cinema sidebar during the Munich Film Festival’s first weekend.

It stars Danish actor Adam Ild Rohweder in his first lead as a brilliant, but sexually inexperienced student of computer science whose feelings for a fellow student, played by Poland’s Paulina Galazka, are not reciprocated.

“I see it as a personal horror film,” says de Paoli.

It makes perfect sense when he explains which filmmakers inspire him. “I always come back to Lars von Trier because he regularly uses elements from different genres in his films,” de Paoli explains. “For example, Antichrist is a thriller, but it is also a love story.”

“And the films of the German director Roland Klick always resonate with me,” the director continues. “They say, ‘we can’t come up with a definite answer, what we are showing is too complex, and you shouldn’t close all the doors’.”

A Young Man With High Potential co-stars Munich jury member Amanda Plummer who also appeared in Paoli’s graduation feature Dr Ketel in 2011. He studied at Berlin’s German Film & Television Academy (DFFB). …

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