As a creator, I’m infinitely intrigued by the idea of fantasy life and how it affects our actions or accentuates our stasis. The story of 1901 created a wonderful opportunity for me to explore a rare alignment of fantasy & reality. The film’s story is remarkably simple, yet, in the course of a single afternoon, one woman’s entire world is transformed. It is Charlotte’s fantasy life that frames each glance, each accidental caress and gives weight to the playful gestures of Renee. It was this actualizing of the inner life outward that made me need to make this film. Above all else, I invite the audience to savor Charlotte’s slow, subtle, and sensuous journey towards freedom and to take part in a future where individual happiness is not prescribed, it is discovered.
At the turn of the last century, Charlotte, a wife and mother, walks the grounds of an expansive country estate and happens upon the beautiful Renee. Charlotte is terrified by her uncontrollable desire for the young woman and her attempts to escape lead her deep into the surrounding forest. Lost, Charlotte is forced to confront her fears and must rely on Renee to help her find her way back. 1901 is the story of one woman’s courage to embrace her fantasies and follow love into an unknown future.