We had a chat with Director Marco Stoltze of Copenhagen-based filmmakers 73collective. In their latest music video for Tom and His Computer they worked with 24 year old Klara and 89 year old Rita who had to play the same person.



Words by Marco Franklin Stoltze, Director of 'Eighy Four'.
 
Sometimes I feel like age is very relevant, other times it seems not to matter at all.

"A lot of the funding systems I use, to finance films, are only oriented towards young and new talents, but what if you realise at the age of 50, that you want to make a film? I think it’s a shame, that you need to find your talent as a young person, to be taken serious throughout your life."

Marco Franklin Stoltze.

Director of photography Kim Bech.

I think we all have the tendency to view life as our own narrative. Where am I? What have I accomplished? What are my goals? Within this narrative age tends to play a big role. Have I achieved enough, at an age of 25? Should I be somewhere else by now? And so on.

It’s not particularly constructive, but I think we all fall for that illusion. In social settings, I have an easier time losing track of age. I don’t know how old most of my friends are, I’m unsure of my parents age, so I suppose the specifics tend not to matter to me. I think there’s a lot of confusion and misbelief, that make our lives more challenging than they need be. And I think that’s true across all ages. Of course, with age, we tend to let go of some of the anxiety of life, that might have troubled us more as adolescents, but I definitely think there’s a heavy cloud of anxiety, troubling most of us, due to this confusion about our thoughts and their value.

"It was really fun having Klara and Rita on set together and making them do some of the same things. Rita is super cool and she was great to work with. It’s amazing getting reminded, that even at the age of 89, you can do something completely new and have a fresh experiences. Makes life seems a lot longer!"

Marco Franklin Stoltze.

Director of photography Kim Bech.

What we could probably all learn from older people is to distance ourselves from our thoughts more. When you’re young, everything seems so important and of high value. When I see some older people, I get reminded just to relax and not care so much. All though this might sound like a cliché, I think we can always learn something from youth as well. Their energy and thirst for life and change.

The price of not valuing your thoughts, is to maybe also care less about the world around you. And right now, the world needs to be cared about. Besides making film, I also work in a kindergarten and it’s one of the most giving jobs I have ever had. Kids are amazing and I feel like I learn something new from them everyday - or maybe more so, I get reminded of things; the curiosity, the impulsiveness and playfulness.

"Besides making film, I also work in a kindergarten and it’s one of the most giving jobs I have ever had. Kids are amazing and I feel like I learn something new from them everyday - or maybe more so, I get reminded of things; the curiosity, the impulsiveness and playfulness."

Marco Franklin Stoltze.

Director of photography Kim Bech.

I think we would use all of our potential better if we had a society where were age didn't define us. Right now, a lot of young people don’t get to use their full potential, because they’re maybe not educated enough and have low value on the market, although having something unique to contribute. Same goes for older people, who might not get the same support as a young person would, because they have reached the “expiration date”.

A lot of the funding systems I use, to finance films, are only oriented towards young and new talents, but what if you realise at the age of 50, that you want to make a film? I think it’s a shame, that you need to find your talent as a young person, to be taken serious throughout your life. I think that’s something that contributes to this cloud of anxiety. 

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Marco Franklin Stoltze

For this video, I wanted to tell a simple story about an old woman who goes to her cabin to perform this ritual, where she connects with something young, beautiful and euphoric within her. It was really fun having Klara and Rita on set together and making them do some of the same things. Rita is super cool and she was great to work with. It’s amazing getting reminded, that even at the age of 89, you can do something completely new and have a fresh experience. Makes life seems a lot longer! 

Video credits

Directed by Marco Stoltze Produced by Maximilian Mayrshofer. Starring Klara Kristin, Rita Gelardi Malfilâtre Director of Photography:Kim Bech 1. AC: Tobias Scavenius Gaffa: Joe McCray Hair: Michael Dohmann Make-up: Andrea Colomar Production Assistant: Filip Romac

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