Rikke Katborg came to know early in her life that she wanted to dedicate her life to the arts. But it wasn’t until she arrived in LA that she knew her calling was as a filmmaker. Working to the top with some of the biggest names around the world, Rikke Katborg has built a life for himself in the film industry thanks to his productive talents.
After meeting her husband François Chillot on a shoot in Prague, Katborg was able to make her debut as a partner with Les Producers. Later, he founded his own company Superette in Paris. Now, she is working on her latest film as a producer with close friend Martin Garde Abidgard A beautiful curse.
We spoke with Catberg about his tornado career as a filmmaker and how life was on the set A beautiful curse. You can read our full interview below.
Tell us about your journey to becoming a filmmaker. What did you do before working in the film?
My journey to become creative started from childhood. I grew up in a Danish commune with my very young creative mother + We spent a lot of museum and creative stuff together, spending a lot of time with my grandfather, who was an architect and painter. Along with my grandmother, who lived in a separate house and taught me to renovate furniture, the mix was a great source of inspiration.
I started as a window dresser at a department store in Copenhagen and knew that even then that art would be something I wanted to keep in my life. I later traveled to LA to meet my best friend and ended up on the set of an MC Hammer music video – I immediately found out that I wanted to be a filmmaker by watching the crew work together. It was fun to think that the song was “You Can’t Touch This”!
Was there a particular film or TV show that inspired you to become a filmmaker?
As a nine-year-old girl, my aunt took me to see her for the first time Star wars Movie, which was my first movie theater experience; But see Betty blue In 1986, it made me think: “That’s great.” I think I fell in love with French even more after watching Kislowski Blue, white, red later in life.
What was the first project you worked on, and what did you learn from the experience?
As a producer it was on an advertisement for a clothing brand – the idea was brilliant and working with director Caspar Wedendahl became a wonderful working relationship that took me around the world as its producer. Soon after, Caspar introduced me to a French producer named François Chillot. And what did i learn? If you do not want to end up with a husband, take care in walking in an elevator in Prague with a French manufacturer.
Who are your current influences?
I feel like I have stopped affecting my brain because it all becomes a long never ending process due to the amount of material available, so I always go back to my old favorites. But see Joker Made me sit with the same feeling that was with me Betty blue – That was magical.
Do you have any experience with mentors? If so, do you recommend them for up-and-coming filmmakers?
Surround yourself with people more experienced than you – this will help you grow much faster.
What are five movies that you think everyone needs to watch now?
It is difficult because sadly I did not see a lot of films in 2020, but a large amount of series.
A beautiful curse
Walk us through your creative process.
If I can write it then it will make my life a lot easier.
Do you listen to any special music to help you make?
Not really, my head needs peace when I think — but I love music when I’m living – everything from Charles Aznavour to Lady Gaga.
What is your favorite part of the filmmaking process?
Getting ideas and seeing if it can float.
How did you join A beautiful curseThe
My director / writer friend Martin Garde Abilgard, with whom I have made several projects, said one day when we were in the cinema at the cinema premiere, “Do you want to produce a feature film?” And I said yes!
How was your work experience A beautiful curseThe
It was magical and very difficult at the same time – because it’s an independent film, we didn’t have a lot of finances but we had a lot of ambitions, and luckily we got help from everyone living on the island where we did the entire shoot. a film by.
What did you want to do from working on commercials and promotional videos to working on films?
After 25 years in the advertising business I felt it was time to try something new, so when I turned 47 I wrote three things in my notebook before the age of 50: create a feature, Copenhagen Go back and get a tattoo (I’m still missing a tattoo).
What inspired you to become a partner in Les Producers?
My French husband Francois Chillot offered the whole package, with a life partner and his company at Les Producers – so I got two in one!
Can you ever see yourself opening your own production company?
I had already done it, in 2012 I co-founded Superate in Paris – one of the first hybrid creative production houses, with its own boutique art gallery where we curated exhibitions by many artists including Martin Garde Abildegaard. America.
Did you expect A beautiful curse Doing what he has been doing during the festival circuit?
I didn’t expect anything, but as a good friend always says, “just ask for it,” and I did the same.
How did COVID affect production? A beautiful curseThe
A beautiful curse It was filmed before the epidemic, so we were never affected during filming, but distribution has been affected, and the theaters are not the same due to the backlog from major studio releases.
What do you expect viewers to get away from watching A beautiful curseThe
That they can spend 1.5 hours in a magical universe and think about how we know each other and which version of each other we really live with and appreciate.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’m trying not to portray it – I like the unexpected. Maybe this is because I want to go blindfolded in my future by making so many plans in my working life.
What have been your biggest successes and failures so far?
I have not had a failure yet and I plan to keep it that way, but our daughter Emily will be my biggest success – she is a very special art.
If a director can make a story of your life, whom would you choose and why?
If someone wants to do this, I have to change jobs and become a director. Or if Jane Campion said yes I would say no.
What advice do you have for upcoming filmmakers?
Find out why you want to be a filmmaker and find your voice. Then surround yourself with amazing people and keep an eye on the Young Director Award, an award show dedicated to young talents, created 25 years ago by Francois Chillot.
What’s next for you on the docket?
Very interesting projects in Copenhagen despite the Creative Alliance who also co-created A beautiful curse. Working on the Young Director Award through Les Producers is also a never ending story as we are always looking for improvements and new ways to promote new talent. I have just recently been nominated to judge the AICP show, which I am very proud of.