'Wood and Water': capturing the elements

Director Jonas Bak speaks with Screening Ideas programmer, Cristóbal Escobar, on the making of Wood and Water.


Born in Konstanz, Germany in 1985, Jonas Bak now lives and works as a filmmaker in Freiburg and Berlin. After studying film directing at the Edinburgh College of Art, he moved to London and then, in 2018, to Hong Kong where he worked as a freelance filmmaker and cinematographer. He has written and directed two short films, Wanderdrachen and One and Many, both of which screened at international festivals such as Curta Cinema in Rio de Janeiro and Pacific Meridian. Wood and Water (2021) is his debut feature film and was selected at Berlinale 2021.

Cristóbal Escobar (moderator) writes about film and aesthetic philosophy. He is a teaching associate at the University of Melbourne where he has recently submitted his doctoral thesis on The Intensive-image: Rethinking Deleuze´s Film-Philosophy. His work has appeared in academic journals, film magazines and newspapers, and he is currently drafting the publication of his first monograph. Since 2019, Cristóbal has served as head of international programming for the Santiago International Documentary Film Festival (FIDOCS).