Jan Soldat - POWER, SAFETY AND CONTROL
Topics like power, safety and control are getting clearer over the years in my work. In my films I am not interested in sexuality itself nor breaking taboos. I focus on the relations between a person and his body. I document their passion and I give their needs a space without judgment. The viewer can feel the protagonists with this practice. I believe that my way of documentary filmmaking is an abstract form of each of my protagonists. The form of the film and a documentary method are showing in a way the emotional and psychological structure of what is shown. To be a slave in a modern society, like the protagonist of Der Unfertige, is very similar to being a documentarian. It’s about trying to attain the greatest possible freedom within your own limits… It’s always about searching and finding.
Born in Karl Marx Stadt (now Chemnitz) on 21.2.1984, he has been making short films at Chemnitzer Filmwerkstatt since 2006. He took up studies in film and television directing at the ‘Konrad Wolf’ College of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 2008. His documentary “Geliebt / Be loved” about Zoophilia, sexual and emotional relationships between men and dogs, participated in the short film competition of Berlinale in 2010. Two years later he took part again with his Coming-Of-Age short fiction “CRAZY DENNIS TIGER” in the Youth Program of the Berlinale, the Generation 14plus. Also in 2012 his documentary short „LAW and ORDER“, about two elderly men and their sadomasochistic fetishes, was screened in the Panorama section of the Berlinale and afterwards in about 100 Festivals. His film school graduation “Der Unfertige / The Incomplete” won the CineMAXXI Award for best short film at the 8th Rome Film Festival in 2013. “Haftanlage 4614 / Prison System 4614” his first longer documentary was screened at the 65th Berlinale Panorama in 2015. It’s the second part of his four-part prison play-observation.