#AnInterview – The latest fashion film by Daria Geller launches today. With her second collaboration with the Russian label Brier, she tells KALTBLUT more about the driving behind her work. It’s a personal interpretation of the theme of Collapsology – a term used to refer to the belief that civilisation is destined to collapse. Shot and directed by Daria Geller for Brier, their first collaboration won Best Middle Eastern film at Berlin Fashion Film Festival 2017.
Can you tell us a bit more about the concept behind Collapsolgy? Why the name?
Collapsology is a study in the different ways in which the word may end. I felt it was quite an accurate and almost comical analogy to represent what the main character was feeling: every time he’s down, he hits rock bottom drowning in his anger and sadness, and coming up with ways in which his world is about to collapse – which of course never actually happens.
You’ve worked with the label Brier in the past, with your previous work winning Best Middle Eastern film at Berlin Fashion Film Festival 2017. How did the collaboration start?
I met the designer when I bought my first Brier coat. Later on, as I was reading T. S. Eliot’s poems, I thought that “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” fit perfectly the brand. Then I simply emailed her, explaining how I wanted to shoot a film for her label, and that’s how the collaboration started.
You’ve done plenty of work across short film, documentary, advertising, music and fashion, both as director and DoP. Can you tell us a bit more about your journey?
I was sixteen when I first touched a camera. Six months later I won my first photography competition, which got me into the Russian film university VGIK. That’s how it started, almost by chance. Since then I’ve known nothing that makes me feel better other than shooting with a camera. Being a cinematographer is always challenging, but always satisfying – specially if you can connect to the idea. When I realised that finding the right director can take a while, I simply started directing myself.
What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve had to face in your career?
The hardest thing is to keep going when there’s no job lined up in the near future. You feel like you’re not good enough, which is an ongoing struggle in the life of an artist, but obviously also a driving force.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I’d like to direct more. I would definitely want to work on more fashion and music videos. I actually have a script ready for a short fiction film, which hopefully will happen next year.