“Not wanting to intrude is my biggest challenge. To be able to communicate honestly what I want ‘to take’ from my protagonists so that they will feel safe enough to want to give it to me.”
Dalia Castel is an Israeli filmmaker based in Berlin. She grew up in Jerusalem and studied film editing in Tel Aviv. In 1998, her work on the award winning movie “Urban Feel” (dir: Jonathan Sagall) was rewarded with a nomination for the Israeli Oscar – as the youngest editor ever. One year later she moved to Rome where she lived for 7 years working as an editor, and starting her directing career before finally settling down in Berlin in 2005.
From 2002 until 2007 she worked in collaboration with the Italian filmmaker Alessandro Cassigoli. Under the name “gotandafilm” they made various documentaries among them “Good Times” (2005) which won awards in more than 15 film festivals around the world, including Full Frame (US) and Dok Festival, Leipzig.
From 2007 until now she is working in Berlin for various productions, among them GEO 360 of arte. At the same time she independently produced and directed the film “jerusalem for cowards” that won the “Preis der Autoren” of the Autorenstiftung in Frankfurt am Main 2014 and Best Feature Film in Boddinale festival 2015 and was screened as part of the exhibition "Welcome to Jerusalem" at the Jewish museum in Berlin.
Her approach to story telling is deeply influenced by her experience as an editor. Dalia is less interested in linear narratives than in the possible connections and analogies between different materials, she is curious to explore new ways of expression, that can go beyond the rigid format of conventional documentary making.
In 2017 together with Corrine Kitzis, Dalia founded “Mull and Kiez” a company for mixed media - animation for social media.