The Greek Jacqueline Letzou decided she wanted to become a film director after seeing Gus Van Sant’s film Elephant. She graduated with a distinction from the London Film School in 2013 and participated in Berlinale Talents in 2015. Her work revolves around coming-of-age, loneliness, non-traditional family constructs, intimacy and dreams. In 2017 she is selected for the Berlinale Shorts competition with her film »Hiwa«. 23 films from 19 countries will be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bear as well as the Audi Short Film Award, worth € 20,000, and a nomination for the European Film Awards at the 2017 edition of Berlinale Shorts.
What is your ambition in the film?
At a first level, I want to present Athens, my home-city, in a newfound way, exotic and peculiar, so that even people that have visited it, would be surprised. At a second, deeper level, my ambition is to evoke the real dream experience. I am highly intrigued by the dream concept and all of its parts: what we see, why we see what we see and how we see. Most of cinema tends to beautify dreams, yet I aim to portray dreams, no matter how harsh or ugly.
How did you get started in the film business?
I knew I wanted to write and direct films, since I was 15. So, in a way the start coincided with my personal start: the movement from adolescence to adulthood. My first non-amateur film was Thirteen Blue (2013) my thesis for The London Film School. With this short, I travelled to my first film festival, I received my first accreditation as a film director and I even won some awards. I officially entered the business part of our job.
What are your future plans for 2017?
My future plans involve focusing solely on my debut feature film, along with travelling with my films all around the world.
At the same time, I would like to finish a photo book, and another book, however I know it’s too much. So, these plans are no more than dreams for the moment. We’ll see.
Film excerpt from »Hiwa«