Composed of 50 interviews of around five minutes each, the project aims to be a window into the lives of people of all ages from across the country.
Each vignette shows a random member of the public speaking directly to the camera in response to questions such as “What was my childhood like?” and “How do I want to be remembered?”
The project was recorded in a journey of 27 days around Germany during the autumn of 2010, but each episode will be released on the Interview Project Germany website over several weeks.
The first portrait went live last Thursday, showing Luci Lehmann from Teschow in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania speaking from her garden about adjusting to life after German reunification in 1990.
In an introductory clip Lynch states his intention to capture the Germany of today, going as far as to document what the film team ate during the project in order to get the fullest picture possible of the country.
The quirky director of cult classics such as “Blue Velvet” and “Mulholland Drive,” Lynch co-produced the project with his 28-year-old son Austin who was assisted by his friend Jason S. in transferring the project to Germany.
“In general, German people always appear to be far less willing to talk about their lives in interview situations,” said Jason S. “But these people were astonishingly open and honest in front of the camera.”
The American Interview Project kicked off in 2009, receiving a Webby award in 2010.