North American Premiere at VIFF
Director Barnaby Southcomb introduced "I, Anna" at Vancouver International Film Festival tonight to an appreciative audience - it's North American premiere - and did a lengthy Q&A afterwards.
The film is very dark in more ways than one, and very beautiful, mostly night shoots with some dawn/dusk. But the film is very easy to watch, with many hues of grey and blue; Hamberg, Germany plays a gloomy, overcast London. Director Southcomb said he and the cinematographer chose to film a lot in twilight (he said the French have a saying for, which I can't remember, translates to it's the time between the wolf and the dog) to portray the feeling of the characters being stuck in a perpetual twilight in their lives. And there is some haunting music/songs that add to the hidden darkness that you hope will reveal the light in the lead characters' lives.
This is one film I'd enjoy seeing again for the look, dialogue and for Charlotte Rampling's and Gabriel Byrne's wonderful performances - they are up there on the screen with their aging faces, tired eyes and wrinkles with little make-up - the characters are thus very real and you can feel their pain, struggles and frustrations in their lives.
A very enjoyable experience watching all the pieces of this puzzle eventually fit together. And more enjoyable knowing that Barnaby Southcomb, who is also the screenwriter, truly made this film his own.