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An Interview with René Wiesner, Director of Überfall/Home Invasion

by Mike Haberfelner

December 2021

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Your new movie Überfall/Home Invasion - in a few words, what is it about?


My movie Überfall/Home Invasion is different take on the home invasion subgenre.


A very blunt question, why a home invasion thriller, and some of your genre favourites?


It was new territory for me which is the reason why it was interesting at the time. I am actually not a big fan of that genre. While there is a big potential there are too many cheap shots that ruin it. Home invasion movies that I like are for example Funny Games (1997) by Michael Haneke or Water Power (1977) by Shaun Costello.

I love movies in general but some genres I like more than others are exploitation and mondo.


(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Home Invasion?


Normally I don't write scripts for my movies. I often just make a list with notes while I either have the full picture in my mind or I am waiting for the right ideas during the shoot. This is very risky and you can only do it if you do it on such a level on which I make movies. When you make a professional movie, a regular movie you can't do that. When I make a movie no one expects anything from it, not even I do so I can take more risks. If it doesn't work only I fall and no one else does. This is a risk I am willing to take.

If there was any kind of inspiration it might be Big Snuff (1975). Not a good movie at all but the producer Allan Shakelton took a risk by making a new ending and the rest is history.


Home Invasion doesn't exactly hold back when it comes to showing gruesome details - so why is that, and was there ever a red line you (or your actors) refused to cross?


Basically the reason that the movie was made was just to make a couple of prop tests. I probably have some red lines but the movie was made without crossing any of them. I personally think it is pretty tame in comparison to other movies of its genre. You don't even see any kind of rape or explicit female genitalia. I was almost sensitive.


In many ways, from narrative build-up to the constantly wandering, curious camera, Home Invasion feels like a documentary of yours - so do talk about this approach, and was it intended from the get-go, or did it only blossom when writing or even filming your movie?


Yeah, my documentaries are shot in a similar way. I think it is just the way I shoot my movies. Most of the time I shoot illegally or without permission. And also without equipment or crew so I can be faster. There is no beauty or asthetics in it. Filmmaking should be fun, but for me most of the time it isn't, being a one-man-crew is a terrible experience. There is no time for anything so my movies are as basic as they can be. You could say that those movies are express trial runs to gain experience for when moviemaking becomes serious.


The idea of spicing the movie up by the ending and the sound fragments was intended from the beginning. And it was the main reason for me to make the movie. I really want my movies to have a reason to exist that differentiate them from others. Otherwise there would be no reason to release them.


Do talk about Home Invasion's cast, and why exactly these people?


My wife had to play the role of the victim, the intruder was played by Jörg Wischnauski [Jörg Wischnauski interview - click here] on another day, and even my cat found its way into the movie. This movie was made like this because I wanted to make a movie that day, and so I „cast“ people I had access to.


What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


It was very relaxed without any tension or stress.


The $64-qestion of course, where can Home Invasion be seen?


I hope it will be on the next DVD release.


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Home Invasion?


At the moment barely anyone has seen it.


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Your/your movie's website, social media, whatever else?


Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


There isn't anymore to say about that movie.


Thanks for the interview!


Thank you!


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