Lucile Hadzihalilovic: "I want the viewer to immerse himself and that's why I create different worlds"

The French filmmaker Lucile Hadzihalilovic and Luis Miranda, director of the festival in the capital of Gran Canaria. / C7

The French director stars with her fantastic auteur cinema in a cycle of the festival and is part of the jury of the Official Section

Victoriano Suarez Alamo

Poetic, gothic, dystopian, science fiction, unreal and surprising are some of the labels that usually accompany the French director's films
Lucile Hadzihalilovićto which the 21st edition of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival dedicates a cycle in which its
three feature films, one medium-length film and two short films.

With his personal way of understanding the fantastic and disturbing universes, Hadzihalilovic has earned a preferential place among festival cinephiles. Despite that, he clarifies that he makes his movies
"for everyone, for the curious and the movie buffs". "I seek to make a cinema where the viewer is completely immersed, so I seek to create strange and different worlds," says the person in charge of
'Innocence' (2004).

He acknowledges that his filmography is not extensive but it does have a common thread. "I think that, although they may not seem like it, my films complement each other and at the same time oppose each other," she says, recalling that as a teenager she went to the movies "attracted by the fantastic and the poetic within horror." Of course, she points out that one of the titles that marked her the most, due to her atmosphere, was '
The spirit of the hive', by the Spanish Víctor Erice. "Her filmography is unique and leaves a mark," says who also recognizes the influence she had on her path to becoming a professional of the seventh art, "Czech surrealist cinema of the 50s, 60s and even 70s" .

Dystopias are key in their stories. Hadzihalilovic points to his origin.
«I was born in the 60s and the dystopian worlds were very close because we lived in a time of utopia. What I show is not fantasy, it is real, I focus on a certain unreality, ”he explains together with Luis Miranda, director of the festival in the capital of Gran Canaria.

'Evolution' (2015) it was his second feature film. «The god of cinema gave me the opportunity to shoot in
Lanzarote. He did not know the Canary Islands and the opportunity arose for the producers. There I found a unique visual imprint on the landscape» for the small coastal town in which this fiction takes place. «There I realized that this landscape is not so far from me, because I grew up in the
south of moroccoand it was familiar ground to me.

'Earwing' (2021), his latest feature film released, points out that it has “family aspects”. “It has lockdowns, girls, rituals and the passage from childhood to adulthood, although in the film what stands out is the portrait of a man. It is the least dystopian and reflects a
divergence between the mental and the real and concrete”, points out who is also part of the jury of the Official Section of this festival.

He trusts that the public will enjoy this cycle with a cinema that, he says, presents
“a world between the unknown and the things knownwith author forms but not in an intellectual way, without repeating formulas and far from the most commercial».

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