AFI FEST Presented by Audi: AFI Alum Carolina Costa on WANDER DARKLY
AFI FEST 2020 presented by Audi is going virtual – the festival runs online Oct. 15-22. WANDER DARKLY will be available starting October 19 at 12:00 p.m. PDT. BUY TICKET
Award-winning cinematographer and AFI Alum Carolina Costa (AFI Class of 2013) has made a name for herself traveling the world shooting critically acclaimed feature films, documentaries and shorts. Her first feature THE CHOSEN ONES debuted at Cannes before winning five Ariel Awards, including Best Cinematography, at the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences. Costa was also in charge of second-unit cinematography and B-camera for Luca Guadagnino’s supernatural remake of SUSPIRIA, starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson. Recently, she shot the coming-of-age drama HALA, directed by Minhal Baig, which screened at the 2019 AFI FEST presented by Audi. She returns to AFI FEST 2020 with her new film, WANDER DARKLY, starring Sienna Miller and Diego Luna.
Costa remembers she sensed an instant click during her initial conversation with WANDER DARKLY director Tara Miele. “I remember her saying to me, ‘I think we’ll push each other.’ And I think that’s a really important thing in a relationship between DPs and directors.”
The film is a visually stunning, moving and time-bending drama, and the viewer is rewarded with an exploration of love, memory, regret, loss and death and a profound examination of the complexity of relationships. Adrienne (Miller) and Matteo (Luna) have a new baby and are about to become homeowners. Their chemistry is palpable, but distrust and uncertainty are tearing them apart. A traumatic event intervenes, and their story takes a surreal and fascinating turn. Each traces the history of their relationship, commenting as they relive events from their past from differing perspectives.
“I remember being in love with the script. Rarely you get a script that is so visual, and it felt really challenging in many ways. You go on this entire psychological journey and Tara wanted it to happen in the frame as much as possible, so the audience never felt tricked,” said Costa. “It felt like it was as close as we could be to the characters – that human experience of going from one memory to another, one emotion to another.”
Both lead actors give magnificent, emotionally layered performances – and the film takes intriguing risks that intensify its profound emotional heft – asking the question: How would you regard the arc of a romance if you could revisit it?
The screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with director Tara Miele and actor Sienna Miller. Get your ticket to the screening of WANDER DARKLY here.
Watch director Tara Miele talk about the true events that inspired film: