Germany's Ruhr Valley, 1992. The owner of a concrete factory commissions two small-time crooks to deliver a packet of cocaine. Instead of the expected money, they return with two hostages: a young woman and her dog, Napoleon. It is this dog that gives its name to producer/director Johannes Hülsemann's short film, which sees pandemonium unleashed. ARRI Rental Cologne provided an ALEXA Classic Plus camera and Cooke lenses to the production, which was shot by cinematographer Ann-Katrin Pauly, a graduate of the International Film School Cologne (ifs). She spoke to ARRI Rental about her work on the film.
What was it about this project that made you want to be involved?
The first thing that grabbed me was the language. These three wannabe gangsters speak with all the working-class gutter of the typical Ruhr Valley dialect, and that really brought a smile to my face when reading the script. Structurally I found the theme of dominance stimulating too -- which character dominates the others, dominates the scenes, and when does that end? Also, the film plays in 1992, the year I was born. I really enjoyed researching how the world looked and felt back then.