• Kriti Agarwal

How I Made It: Under The Trees (2020)

Under The Trees (2020) is a story about three lumberjacks - Paul, Kalle and Boris, who discover a mysterious briefcase deep in the forest, hidden under trees, which brings unexpected wealth and turns their simple life upside down. The money is divided and invested in culture, pub and family planning. Unfortunately, the profit brings shady characters to the game, who turn out to be the "rightful" owners of the money and demand every cent back. Inevitably, the lumberjacks are forced to work off the lost money and carry out risky "jobs" while trying to escape the misery.

The Three Lumberjacks

89 mins | German | Comedy-Thriller, Feel-Good, Life | Germany | 2020

In its persistent mission and zeal to promote good cinema, the Indian Film Institute brings you the experience of the Director of the film - Thomas Scherer

Why this subject matter for your film?

The film is about Friendship and Home feeling. Where is the place we belong to be? The three main characters are very different and they define this feeling differently. One of them loves arts and doing art, the other is dreaming of having a family, and the third one just wants to do his job, drink a beer and chill. Three different attitudes of life, but they all belong together. And, obviously, they have to fight against gangsters...

Where did you find the story for this film?

After school, I worked in the forest to earn some money for studying. And there I got the first idea, twelve years ago. The idea was in the drawer for a long time. And then, in 2016, I took it out again and worked on it... It was a long process, and meanwhile, the story, characters and everything else are different, but the first idea was born a long time ago.

What were the challenges you faced in making the film?

We had a really big cast, a lot of actresses and actors. We had to manage the timetable in all its details. That was really difficult, ´cause we had no money... But planning is everything.

Did you face any problems in releasing the film?

We are masters in improvisation. One time it was raining, but we had to shoot the scene, no chance to do it on another day. So I had to change the script. Finally, the scene is inside, and, between us, better than before.