Jean-Marie Straub and Danièlle Huillet‘s Class Relations is an adaptation of Kafka’s unfinished novel Amerika, which he wrote having never visited the States. Straub claims–in this interview directed by Manfred Blank (who also had a role in the film)–that this is what drew them to the novel, forging a deep connection with the work because of their own exile. Yet, interestingly, the duo also point out their reaction to critics claiming they had injected some of their own lives into their art is flippant dismissal–a 19th century thing, practiced by the likes of Jean-Luc Godard. In the span of 45-minutes, in front of a lushly beautiful backdrop, the duo’s conversation touches more on the life of Kafka, their time spent in exile, and the past work that gained them a devoted following with the art-house crowd.