Friday, 16 October 2015
BFI Film Festival - Wedding Doll
Every year, the films I pick at the festival always seem to follow a theme without me realising. One year it was all about fathers and daughters, another year was all about the rule of 3, this year, its been about women. Maybe its the films or I unconsciously picked them because the stories were about women or made by women.
The two films I saw today were both about women and were both written and directed by men. One film (which I will post later) was Palestinian and Wedding Doll is an Israeli film.
This is Nitzan Gilady debut feature film and I really enjoyed this story and loved the two central characters. Gilady said, in the Q&A that he tried to be actor first in USA, where he was typecast as a terroist and in Israel where he didn't have much luck either. He wrote the film while living in the town where the film is set and filmed. Someone asked, 'why toilet paper'? and he laughed and said that he was depressed and that he didn't like living there. The end of the film, Hagit and Sarah leave, so this might be that same need that Gilady had when he was writing. He also mentioned that the inspiration for the idea for the film came from when he was doing street theatre. Three women were dressed in dresses similar to the one Hagit constructs, they roamed the streets looking for a husband. He said he had a photograph of one of these women screaming. He was transfixed by this and wondered what type of person this could be. It's definitely a bizarre origin story of a story.
As I said, I really enjoyed this film, possibley one of my favourites and I'm only a little halfway through.