▷ Sönke Wortmann: I love the afternoon nap

22.10.2021 – 01:00

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Sönke Wortmann: I love the afternoon nap

Director is happy about beautiful and intense dreams – The 62-year-old does not feel addressed by the term “old white man” – Writing the first novel was at times a torture: “The problem is loneliness”

Osnabrück. Director Sönke Wortmann (62) likes to give in to the needs of his body when he’s not on filming: “I love the afternoon nap – it’s a power nap for me,” he said in an interview with the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (NOZ). “I feel better afterwards, and I dream so beautifully, much more clearly than at night. My midday dreams are always very intense.” However, he always gets up quite early in the morning: “I’m up between six and seven. Then it’s worthwhile to lie down again at noon.”

The 62-year-old feels that the term “old white man” is incorrect: “I am old, I am white and I am a man. From a purely objective point of view, that’s true. But of course the term has an evaluation. And from it I don’t actually feel addressed. I don’t know if I’m the right person to judge it, but I consider myself relatively modern on social issues. ” So far nobody has called him that personally.

“There are really no moments when I feel as old as I am,” continued Wortmann. “I was just back at the annual check-up – everything was fine. I know a lot of people who surprisingly died at 61 – Bernd Eichinger, with whom I worked a lot, was 61 when he died. My long-time editor too , and then there are two or three others. That’s why I always said: When I turn 62, I’ll also be over 80. And now I’ll do that too. “

Wortmann, who has just presented his debut novel with “The spoken word counts”, found the writing work at times agonizing: “The problem with writing is loneliness, it has many frustrating moments.” He wrote the first version in pencil: “When you sit in front of a blank sheet of paper and you can’t think of anything, it’s really difficult.” An effective antidote for him is to go jogging: “I can actually think of a lot. I’m an afternoon jogger and can pour whatever I can think of into a pencil the next morning.”

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