“Land Of Dreams” Photocall – The 78th Venice International Film Festival
The whole film is a tribute to art and the power of art. Simin’s impersonations remind me of Cindy Sherman — what she does and her relationship to the audience with her impersonations. The African American painter in the film is using images as a protest against racism. The final scene, when Simin lays out the photographs in a circle in the desert, is a tribute to great land artists. For me, it was a way of really reemphasizing how art, how the creative imagination, can be a tool against tyranny. The image at the very end is to me really emotional.