FRIGHTFEST - INTERVIEWMarch 4, 2023
FF: How would you describe it?
MAW: It is a quest for self-discovery but on her journey, Sigrun is led astray. Her desire to belong overrides her moral compass. She opens herself to an insidious, warped truth with gruesomely false ideals. The ending may be interpreted however one prefers – most people, I assume, will read it as a supernatural phenomenon. […] Nevertheless, there is also a realistic interpretation: Brainwashing and manipulation. This is even darker and where the warning is embedded.
FF: You deal with themes that you call fictional reality: faith, fanaticism and ideology – and also historical family disfunction. Were there any personal experiences […]?
MAW: There is no personal experience or family history. […] If anything, my heritage being Austrian and growing up with the horrors of the 2nd WW but learning hardly anything about the mythological backbone of the NS ideology which I think is so crucial in order to understand how such an insane world view can take over. […] I’m highly fascinated by the power of imagination since I believe it influences all human motives. I always say we live in a grey zone between reality and fiction. There is no objective truth as such – I don’t mean that there is ultimately no right or wrong but there is an explanation for every decision. Our values and world views depend on our upbringing, our influences. A person who stones a homosexual is terribly wrong but they are acting according to their personal truth. This is certainly not an excuse but the better we understand a narrative the easier it is to change it. […]
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