Ísold Uggadóttir er í viðtali við vefsíðuna Women and Hollywood þar sem hún ræðir um mynd sína Andið eðlilega, sem frumsýnd er á Sundance hátíðinni í dag.
Brot úr viðtalinu:
W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.
IU: “And Breathe Normally” tells the delicate story of two struggling mothers living on the margins of society: one being a refugee stranded in Iceland, and the other an Icelandic border patrol agent responsible for the refugee’s arrest.
It is a story that hopefully sheds light on humanity and the female bond while exploring the difficult challenges faced by asylum seekers with no place to call home.
W&H: What drew you to this story?
IU: Whilst developing the character of an Icelandic woman struggling to make ends meet, I became a volunteer at the Icelandic Red Cross. It was there that I met a woman from Ugandawho herself was not only struggling financially, but battling the system in order to be given asylum in our country on grounds of her sexuality. This was in 2012.
We became fast friends, giving me insight into what her battle entailed. I found myself enraged and disturbed at what I learned, and eventually felt compelled to commit to film what I was learning.
My goal as a screenwriter became to bring together two very different female characters — an Icelandic poverty-stricken mother, and a refugee stranded in Iceland — whilst en route to Canada from the European mainland. I found myself excited and intrigued at exploring how they would and could influence the lives of one another.
The challenge I presented myself with was finding a narrative that served both characters while also using the opportunity to inform and shed light on the dire circumstances of asylum seekers in Iceland, who often times are en route elsewhere in search of a new and safe life for themselves.
Viðtalið í heild má lesa hér: Sundance 2018 Women Directors: Meet Ísold Uggadóttir — “And Breathe Normally”