Art and Experience:The British Director of the film Dreamcatcher, Kim Longinotto, has spoken to the DEFC regarding her film and Cinema Verite.
Asked about her film and its selection for this year’s edition of the festival, she said: “Dreamcatcher is about the secrets and lies that many families hide. It follows a brave pioneer of change, Brenda Myers Powell, as she cruises the streets of Chicago at night and counsels young girls and women. It’s a bit like Panahi’s The Circle which also portrayed deadly patterns.”
Well known for making films that highlight the plight of female victims of oppression or discrimination, Longinotto said about Cinema Verite: “It sounds a great Festival and it seems to be doing a good job. I’ve never been to it but I love Iran.”
Having studied camera and directing at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, England -where she now tutors occasionally- she commented on Iranian documentary cinema: “I’ve watched a few very good documentary films made in Iran, but my inspiration has been Iranian fiction. “Where is my Friend’s House?” by Kiarostami. All Jafar Panahi’s films. I adored “The Separation”(Asghar Farhadi) -it’s one of my all-time favorite films. All of these fiction films have a distinct documentary feel.”
Asked about what type of film or subject has more international appeal, she added: “It’s very hard to generalize. I try not to make sweeping statements about anything. Life,
like the best films, is contradictory and perverse.”
Dreamcatcher is a documentary about a former Chicago prostitute who helps women and teenage girls break the cycle of abuse and exploitation – and lays bare the hidden violence that devastates the lives of young women, their families and the communities they live in.
The 9th edition of Cinema Verite will be held Dec 13-19, 2015, in Tehran.