Ivan Sen on sitting in silence with new feature Limbo

This director explains why his black-and-white outback noir, starring Rob Collins and Simon Baker, resisted a score.

Perched high up on a balcony wing at the Berlinale Palast overlooking the red carpet four floors below, Limbo director Ivan Sen is serene about his chances of taking home the Berlinale’s top prize, the Golden Bear (which ultimately went to French director Nicolas Philibert’s documentary On the Adamant). The Australian auteur and First Nations man is happy enough to be in contention.

‘Some of my favourite films have won the Golden Bear, probably more so than the Palme d’Or actually,’ he says of the Berlinale’s top honour. ‘Films like Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line and Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation are as good as it gets.’

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