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I like to have a car but I don’t have a cellphone. For cultural reasons, not nostalgic. I was [recently] asked, ‘What are your social networks?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I have one: my kitchen table, holding six persons.’ That’s my social medium. It’s strange, because back in the early 1980s I kept saying, ‘With the advance in means of communications, paradoxically our solitudes will increase – our existential solitudes will increase.’ And that’s exactly what is happening. But of course it raises questions that are deeply embedded in our social behaviour. How much of what we’re doing is performance? How much, even in our own families, do we play roles? How do we act or present ourselves on Facebook, for example? You see it’s all fabricated, embellished selves that you see on the internet. So could it be that your own family are just rented actors playing a role hired by somebody whom you don’t know? In the film, everything is acted and performed, everything is a lie. However, the emotions are all authentic. So that’s really the common denominator.

- from this interview, from July 2020