The Ambitions of Lola and Filmmaker Natalie MacMahon

March 20, 2017

MacMahon’s experimental film Lola wants to see the sea competes in Audience Awards Female Filmmakers contest

Natalie MacMahon is an experimental short-form filmmaker who has experienced festival success with short films in the past. She wrote, directed and starred in her first short, The Man Who Couldn’t Cry, two years ago. “It has been a great experience,” she says, “and since it got such good feedback from international film festivals, I started working on more films.”

Lola wants to see the seaThe Man Who Couldn’t Cry

Her second short film Like a Summer Sonata was part of Cannes Short Film Corner this year and has gone on to screen in Melbourne, Venice, New York and Toronto. Lola wants to see the sea is MacMahon’s third short and along with its Audience Awards Female Filmmakers submission has also premiered at Sydney Indie Film Festival.

Lola wants to see the sea
Lola wants to see the sea

Also written, directed by and starring MacMahon, Lola wants to see the sea is the story of a lost girl playing a perhaps dangerous game, Lola has an affinity for hitchhiking. She gets in cars with several older men, maybe attempting to get to the sea, though the piece begins with Lola admitting “Sometimes I don’t even know where I’m going.” Filmed in black and white, Lola is made up of a series of shots of her standing next to these men in front of vintage-style film backdrops, voiceover one of the only tools used to tell the story.

This filmmaker, based in Berlin, has moved on from Lola to make two other short films. “I just shot a new short film in Esperanto called A Universal Love Story,” she says. Esperanto is an international auxiliary language with vocabulary from the Romance and German languages and grammar from Slavic languages. “It is almost finished and will premiere at a big international film festival next year. Apart from that I’m planning on shooting one more short this year called It’s getting darker every day before I start working on my first feature film script.”

Obviously a determined and already prolific storyteller, MacMahon may be on the road to achieve everything she hopes: “In my wildest dreams I also receive the Oscar and the Palme d’Or- that goes without saying!

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Watch and vote for Lola wants to see the sea competing in Female Filmmakers Film Festival once a day for the duration of the festival.


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