KASIA KLIMKIEWICZ & DOMINGA SOTOMAYOR – LA ISLA
DOX:LAB - THE PROCESS THROUGH THE EYES OF TWO PARTICIPANTS
What exactly is DOX:LAB and how does it work? We often hear this question and thats why we decided to dig a little deeper and give you some answers.
You might have heard that DOX:LAB is and exclusive cross-cultural program for selected filmmakers from EU and from non EU-countries. It focuses on training, project development and pitching events at the international co-production markets. LA ISLA is one of the films created under DOX:LAB 2012/13 by two talented filmmakers Kasia Klimkiewicz (Poland) and Dominga Sotomayor (Chile).
Kasia and Dominga met for the first time at DOX:LAB workshop in November 2012 in Copenhagen and went through several days of brainstorming and lectures together with other twenty selected filmmakers. Afterwards they entered the process of co-creating a film. Thinking back to expectations they had, they were curious about the result of having to work closely together with another director but also being aware that it will be a challenge. Especially as the shooting of La Isla took place on a isolated island Chiloé in the south of Chile, they were positively surprised and happy with both the process and the result. "We shot just a few days and we tried to give each other space. I think the team was very generous to understand this method, and sometimes it was difficult to agree on ideas but then it started flowing. I think that everything was very open and it is a collective film, not just about the two of us," says Dominga, "thinking how hard it could have been, I think it was a good collaboration." Kasia adds "We shared some ideas, but we also disagreed sometimes, so it was trying to find a common ground, a place where we both felt at home. It was interesting to see how Dominga approaches things. I was really impressed also by the whole Chilean crew. Dominga brought together a group of amazing artists and many of them became my friends."
Both filmmakers agree, that the biggest lessons learned were being open, trusting your guts and letting some things go and most of all trust each other. Commenting the DOX:LAB experience, they commonly find, its an interesting experiment to expand your boundaries and enrich your work.
By handpicking a group of filmmakers with very different backgrounds in terms of culture, film history, narrative traditions and different methods of and access to production DOX:LAB hopes to stimulate a dialogue based new aesthetic. La Isla have its national premiere at 20th FICValdivia in Chile in October, where it was selected to be the opening film. It will also be presented at CPH:DOX 2013 and is expecting an international festival premiere in spring 2014.