62nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Carte Blanche to Anne Østerud and Janus Billeskov Jansen: screening of A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick
On Saturday November 13, at Makedonikon cinema, the screening of the film A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick took place, as part of the carte blanche given by the Festival to Anne Østerud and Janus Billeskov Jansen, editors of the film Another Round by Thomas Vinterberg, Academy winner of Best International Feature Film. The screening was part of the large-scale tribute"In the Cut: The Editing and its Secrets", hosted by the 62nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
Janus Billeskov Jansen initially took the floor, talking about his feelings when he first saw the film, at the time it was released in theatres in 1971. "I was excited. I felt it gave me energy that would last for a lifetime. When you are young, all opportunities are there, simply waiting for you. Today, fifty years later, things are quite different. I still have that sense of uncertainty and exploration, but now it has been transformed," he said, adding that this film inspired his love for editing.
Anne Østerud then took the floor: "I saw the film later on, not when it was screened in the theatres. I took my first steps as a musician, not as an editor, I wanted to be a pianist. This dream did not come true and so I turned to editing. When I first watched the film I worked a lot to understand how the music functioned as a narrative element. On the other hand, we are talking about a film with disturbing elements, a good example of a film that resists to political correctness. I wonder if, even today, it may cause unpleasant reactions to some of us. There is a lot of violence in it and my daughter, who is studying at a film school, told me that I should warn you", she said. She went on to say she has watched the film seven times, but never on the big screen. Janus Billeskov Jansen took over to close the short presentation before the film's screening: "After so many years, I'm not sure if I will react with enthusiasm or disappointment to all the things that got me excited many years ago," he concluded.