November’s Online Short: INCOGNITO

November 3, 2016

In this cinematic and noir-ish short narrative, two mysterious men meet for coffee. Their dark secret and their identities are slowly revealed. Based closely on truth. Incognito has screened at numerous festivals worldwide, including awards for Best Short at the Warsaw and San Diego Jewish Film Festivals.

Dir. Jeremiah Quinn, United Kingdom, 2014, 11 min, English.

Q&A with director Jeremiah Quinn

What inspired you to make this film?

I found out that Eichmann and Mengele met for coffee in a bar in Buenos Aires throughout the 1950s and I couldn’t believe it, and started to sketch it as a film immediately.

What was your greatest challenge during the filmmaking process?

We didn’t have the budget to shoot on location in South America: recreating 1960 Buenos Aires in London, England was very tough.

Any thoughts you’d like to share about screening this film in a Jewish context?

I have seen this film with Jewish audiences a few times now. It’s very important to remember to breathe even after you realize who the main characters are.

What film/media has inspired you lately?

I read Stanley Kubrick’s favourite book — Pudovkin’s On Film for the first time recently, and was very moved and touched by it.

What do you do when you’re not filmmaking?

I write a lot, and help others with their projects.

Lastly, gefilte fish: delicious, or disgusting?

I don’t know what it is. Is that bad? I love fish. I tried rotten shark meat in Iceland once — that was the only fish thing I didn’t like. So I’ll take a dive and say delicious.

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