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Fred Kelemen
Close Up : Fallen. Andy Kimpton-Nye interviews maverick director Fred Kelemen at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema

I was extremely fortunate to be invited to the 7th Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema with my documentary, Derek Jarman: Life as Art, in April this year. I was also extremely fortunate to cross paths with German film-maker Fred Kelemen, whose latest feature, Fallen, was also part of the Buenos Aires festival.
For me, Kelemen, still in his early 40s, is a giant of European cinema. He ranks Angelopoulos, Sokurov and Tarr. Back in the early 90s, in an article on cinema, Susan Sontag listed Kelemen’s first film, Fate, as one of a small number of distinctive, special films “still being made.” I first encountered Kelemen’s work at the London Film Festival in 1999, when I saw his third feature, Nightfall. I was blown away by the intensity of his vision and his mastery of his craft.
Fallen is set in Latvia and tells of a man’s accidental encounter with a woman about to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. He fails to help the woman and instead becomes obsessed with her. The film will play at the London Film Festival later this year.