'She would move the tree rather more to the middle' follows Giulia, as she tells her story of lost and regained identity. Love is here an agent of dissolution: it takes over, eliminates boundaries, to the point of total convergence. Inspired by Virgina Woolf's 'To the Lighthouse,' the title announces a search for selfhood, the need to return to one's own being.
Giulia loses herself in all-encompassing we, and ends up mimicking her lover, in a distressing process of assimilation – body and mind. Escape comes from what looks like a ritual of liberation – shedding layers of the other brings relief and self-recognition.
Originally commissioned by the London Short Film Festival and The Milan Festival of Letters, Anna Maguire's film is an enchanting narrative of liberation, love and loss.
Director and Writer - Anna Maguire
Featuring - Anna Maguire, David Sufrin, Erin Carter and Julia Hart
Producer - Jesse Katzev
Director of Photography - Cabot McNenly
Editor - Maureen Grant
Composer - Joe White