Natasha & Sam
Natasha & Sam
Director: Tawny Foskett
Screenwriter: Tawny Foskett & Cast
Completed: July 2020
Length: 20-min, 49 sec
Filming Format: Red
Screening Format: DCP or .MOV
An American and two Quebec girls learn the art of deception as they embark on a dance contract in Japan, where they also must work as hostesses.
This study of a feature, and experiment in collaboration and rehearsals, emerged as the director created her own version of a Sundance Director's Lab and used 'the obstacles as the road'.
FRANCE MAURICE as Natasha, JULIA THOMAS as Samantha
JUSTINE SALETTE and EMMA SALKELD as Brittney
"NATASHA & SAM"
Writer, Director, Producer TAWNY FOSKETT
Director of Photography ALEXANDRE NOUR DESJARDINS
Art Director HELEN PARK
Co-Producer and Co-Editor SIAM OBREGÓN
Composer FÉLIX TELLIER POULIOT
Re-Recording Mixer STÉPHANE CALCE
Natasha & Sam utilizes a façade-like visual appearance. It is filmed entirely in a studio, using minimal sets and props and the actors pretend smoke their cigarettes. It is influenced by the visual design of Dogville by Lars Von Trier, and also Vanya on 42nd Street, by Louis Malle. As with these films, it has sets similar to a play, which merely reference the real and ask the audience to suspend their disbelief.
This film also pulls from an idea witnessed in Luis Buñuel’s That Obscure Object of Desire, in which two actresses share the central role. In this incarnation of Natasha & Sam, two actors split the role of Brittney - the third main character.
This incarnation of Natasha & Sam is both its own short film, and also a proof-of-concept (though with a different visual style) to my feature of the same name.