Wonderland is a Norwegian short film from Cannes Short Film Catalogue, that got selected into the Short Film Corner. We asked a couple of questions from the director Kitty Frobenius, you can read the interview below.
What is your film about? What are the main topics raised by the story?
“Wonderland” is about Amalie (16) living with her family in Oslo. Amalie is alienated from her family and wants desperately to grow up and to discover her own sexuality. One night, she goes to a nightclub and hits on an older man. She goes home with him in an attempt to seduce him, but he rejects her when he finds out how young she is. Amalie then looses her façade and returns home, defeated. Walking home through the desolate streets she realises that the experience she much craved was premature and that she is, in fact, still a child and that it’s ok to be.
It’s a film about a girl being lost between being a child and being an adult. A young woman’s desperate attempt to find her own sexuality. My intention was to challenge the stereotypical gender roles in portraying the man as the object. I wanted to portray a feeling of confusion around own sexuality and identity that young girls could relate to.
Who is the target audience of your film?
The target audience of the film are young woman, specifically girls age 16. This is a very specific age were you are in the middle of childhood and adulthood. I wanted to tell this story so they would not feel alone in the confusion around sexuality and identity many young girls experience at this time.
Why did you decided to submit your short film to the Short Film Corner?
I remember being at the Cannes Film Festival for the first time with my dad when I was fifteen. The experience of being at the festival made an everlasting impression on me and ever since I have dreamt about coming back to the festival. To be able to do that this year with a short film is a dream come true.
The Short Film Corner is a unique opportunity for upcoming generations to showcase your work and to make connections for your future. I am so happy to be a part of it.
You can find the growing list of interviews of the Short Film Q&A from Cannes, here: http://www.daazo.com/cannes2016qa