Lisette Donkersloot directs ‘Lead Balloons’.
Set in a dystopian reality we follow Abe, who decides to end his life with the help of a suicide service: a mysterious, self-driving death cab.
Words from Lisette below.
Can you share an insight into the symbology of the film?
The brief I gave myself was to create a world/place without hope. I looked at the tragedies of today’s world and asked myself what would that look like in a place without hope. The lead character voluntarily gets into a self-driving cab. No chauffeur whatsoever, driving him towards his final destination – death. Someone who never took responsibility for his own actions in life and therefore unable to take responsibility when taking his own.
To me, a world without hope is a world full of cowards. Obviously, the shopping cart with bitten apples refers to the story of Adam&Eve in which Eve bit the Apple on the garden of Eden which was the start of all doom. A story that underlines all ‘flaws’ in mankind.
“I tried to visualise the feelings and moments we like to hide from or don’t like to talk about. The moments where we feel stuck or lost and see no way out.”
- Lisette Donkersloot
- Stephan Polman
- Director of Photography
- Tim Koomen
- Production Company