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TIFF 2015 Women Directors: Meet Lucile Hadžihalilovic – ‘Evolution’

TIFF 2015 Women Directors: Meet Lucile Hadžihalilovic - 'Evolution'

Lucile Hadžihalilovic was born in Lyons, France, and studied filmmaking at the Institut des Hautes Études Ciné­matographiques in Paris. She has worked as an editor, frequently collaborating with director Gaspar Noé. Her work as director includes the features “La bouche de Jean-Pierre” and “Innocence,” both of which played at TIFF. (Press materials)

Evolution” will premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 14. 

W&H: Please give us your description of the film playing.

LH: A horror story about the anxieties of a child on the verge of puberty.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

LH: The desire to film a boy and his relationship with his mother and his own birth.

I also wanted to juxtapose and explore two worlds that fascinate me: the depths of the ocean and the hospital, a place where the body can be subjected to all manner of strange procedures.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

LH: The fight against time.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

LH: I’d rather they “felt” than “thought.” I’d like them to make the film their own, and not to imagine that there’s a single truth, a single interpretation.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

LH: Don’t think of yourself as a woman director, just a director, even if most people won’t let you forget that you are a woman.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

LH: The film was financed through a mixture of European co-production, international pre-sales and TV sales.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

LH: I don’t have a favorite woman director, but these three films by women greatly impressed me because of their formal daring or their fearless approach to deep human truths: “Jeanne Dielman” by Chantal Akerman,”Two-Legged Horse” by Samira Makhmalbaf and “Clip” by Maja Milos.

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