From our continental correspondent – Dolores
With the current onslaught of superhero movies in either the Marvel or DC universes, you would be easily excused to not have noticed a quite different film, also based on a comic book, that was released fairly recently.
I’m talking about Dolores, directed by the German director Michael Rösel and based on the 1991 graphic novel by the same name, by acclaimed creators Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten, with artwork by Anne Baltus.
Dolores tells the story of Georg Letterer, a designer and model maker, who is unsurpassed in his attention to detail. One day Dolores Moor’s car stalls right in front of his house, and when she sees his work, she asks him to create a scale reproduction of her villa. As Letterer’s obsession with Moor grows, the boundaries between reality and model become less and less clear.
Judging by the trailer, Rösel has quite cunningly adapted this visual fable to cinema, and I would love to actually see the film. However, no distributor has been listed for Belgium or France (which is strange, as the book it’s based on was created by Belgian and French cartoonists), let alone the UK or America. Let’s hope future screenings at festivals change this around… Or maybe Netflix could pick it up?