No money, no loved ones, no valid visa. Lillian’s American Dream couldn’t become true. “Go back to Russia. It’s the land of opportunity,” says unironically porn producer, who does not even want to hire her. Desperate, she hits the American roads and roadless tracks. From New York to Alaska, on foot, with a small backpack and all on her own. Just like her namesake, whose history from 100 years ago inspired the Austrian director. In Horvath’s take, provincial America becomes a misty country of sleepy, deserted towns and majestic nature which delights on the one hand, but on the other—is often devastating and incomprehensible. Just like Lillian herself who is enigmatic, hypnotizing, and difficult to label. The director skillfully builds underlying tension, manipulates expectations of the audiences, accustomed to the usual road movies. The burden of this journey, reminiscent e.g. of Bruno Dumont’s Twentynine Palms, rests on the shoulders of convincing debutante, a Polish artists and photographer Patrycja Planik. Produced by Ulrich Seidl, Lillian was well received at latest Cannes Film Festival.
Art FF 2019 – Best Female Performance; Oldenburg FF 2019 – Outstanding Performance by an Actress
Born in 1968 in Salzburg, an Austrian photographer and an indie filmmaker. In 2006 he won an award at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for his short film Views of a Retired Night Porter, in which he revisited protagonist of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s famous documentary. His film portrait of an actor Helmut Berger debuted at Venice Film Festival. As a photographer, he published albums dedicated to Yakutsk, Siberia, as well as to American provinces. Lillian is his first feature film.
2013 Earth’s Golden Playground (doc.)
2015 Helmut Berger, Actor (doc.)