I Believe in Unicorns

Leah Meyerhoff, USA 2014, 80’

Acclaimed at numerous festivals, this drama’s heroine is a teenager named Davina who escapes her problems by entering a world of luxuriant fantasy. She lives in the suburbs of San Francisco, where she looks after her disabled mother. She falls in love with an older boy and enters into a relationship that is becoming increasingly toxic. To forget her daily troubles, she transports herself into the fairytale world of her imagination, where nothing can hurt her. While there, the outside world appears to be a fake, only pretending to be reality, an entry point to what awaits the lost girl somewhere around the corner. What stands out most clearly in I Believe in Unicorns is the maturity of Leah Meyerhoff’s vision in her feature debut, the screenplay for which was largely based on her own experiences. Somewhere between realism and fantasy, the director has made an original bildungsroman, impressionistic, minimalistic, and poetic, displaying simplicity and subtle symbolism. 


Atlanta FF 2014 – Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize

Leah Meyerhoff

Born in 1974 in San Francisco, Leah Meyerhoff studied Art-Semiotics at Brown University and Direction at New York University. While still a student, she shot several short films, including Twitch, which won the main jury award at the Slamdance Film Festival and a student award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. In addition to her film work, Meyerhoff also directs commercials and music videos, including videos for the bands Triple Creme and Joan as Police Woman.


2001 Wonderfluff Sandwiches (short)

2003 PacMouse (short)

2003 Neurotica (short)

2005 Twitch (short)

2014 Wierzę w jednorożce / I Believe in Unicorns

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director Leah Meyerhoff
screenplay Leah Meyerhoff
cinematography Jarin Blaschke
editing Rebecca Laks, Michael Taylor
music Sasha Gordon
cast Natalia Dyer, Peter Vack, Toni Meyerhoff, Julia Garner, Amy Seimetz
producer Adam Heather Rae
production An Animals on Parade production
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language English
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