By Hannah Lobell
We have all believed in unicorns at one point in our lives. Whether we stopped believing as children, or still believe today, simply the word unicorns makes us think of magic and a world of promise.
I Believe in Unicorns is a narrative story written and directed by Leah Meyerhoff. The story explores the life of a teenage girl who has run away from home with an older boy, where the two learn of the unforeseen difficulties of their relationship. I Believe in Unicorns is a coming of age story, with a strong female character as the lead. She has a mind of her own and is able to articulate Davina. This film struck me as unique from many reasons, primarily; that today, there are not nearly as many coming of age stories for girls as there are for boys.
The film also has fantastical elements: unicorns, fire breathing dragons, and underwater acrobatics.
To make the story more realistic Meyerhoff had her own mother cast as the role of Davina’s mother, as well as using footage from her childhood, and filming inside of her childhood home.
The film shows the reality of growing up, trusting ones feelings, and learning from the choices that they make, and what it is really like to be a teenage girl.
This narrative film had it’s world premiere this week at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
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