Screenwriter and Director Maria von Heland on the 30th European Film Awards

“Sexism…exists everywhere,” says screenwriter and director Maria von Heland. “It’s got nothing to do with the film industry. It’s got to do with the fact that human beings are animals and unless we control ourselves – whether we’re women or men – we’re going to behave like morons and we’re going to hurt other people.”

Von Heland talks about the upcoming European Film Awards, which she has been scripting and stage directing over the past ten years. She discusses thirty years of the European Film Academy, its origins and the topics it has covered over the years, including the themes of sexism, the misrepresentation of women as filmmakers and feminism.

This year’s European Film Awards take place in Berlin on December 9.

By Marlene Melchior

Photographer Johan Bergmark