LILLE LYS (LITTLE LIGHT) IS MY DEBUT. THE MOST PERSONAL STORY I'VE EVER TOLD.
A biopic dedicated to all women who strive for perfection in every aspect of their lives - as wives, housewives, daughters ... But most importantly, as mothers.
Lille Lys mirrors the inner struggle of every mother, who ended up living a life she doesn't want, but is still trying to make the best out of it.
By turning one of my earliest childhood memories into a short, I wanted to depict how difficult it is to live with constant pressure, stress and frustration that are connected to one’s desire to become perfect. Especially, when such person is not able to live up to the expectations they set for themselves.
Lille Lys was created as a film exercise during a 4-month-period at the European Film College, in a lovely little danish town called Ebeltoft.
Our entire crew was made of students, and all the actors were amateurs. Clara (Anna) didn't understand a word in English and I was unable to speak Danish, but thanks to the patience of Anna's mum and Anne-Katrine (Charlotte) we found a way to communicate.
The biggest challenge was to shoot the bathroom lighter scene without Clara starting to laugh, since that was her reaction to fear. She was the strongest one on set, though. Despite a sudden eye infection (which she tried to hide behind her teddy bear in one of the bathroom scenes) she kept working like a pro. It was her first acting experience ever.
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