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Catching Dust Is A Film With Universal Emotions: Stuart Gatt At IFFI 2023

IFFI 2023: Catching Dust, unfolds as a desert drama set in the isolation of Texas’ Big Bend and was the opening film at the festival.

Aanchal Sharma

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Catching Dust was the opening film at IFFI 2023
Catching Dust was the opening film at IFFI 2023.

BRITISH filmmaker Stuart Gatt expressed the beauty of the universality of human emotions during an interaction at the 54th International Film Festival of India in Goa on Tuesday. The filmmaker, who presented the festival’s opening film, Catching Dust, noted that the reception for a story set in Texas is consistent worldwide.

The 54th edition of the International Film Festival of India kicked off on Monday with the international premiere of Catching Dust, marking Stuart Gatt’s feature directorial debut. In an interaction program at the festival, Stuart Gatt, along with co-producers Mark David and Jonathan Katz, delved into various aspects of the film.

Emphasizing the film’s exploration of human emotions, Gatt highlighted the wonderful aspect of universal emotions, where a narrative from Texas resonates universally. Catching Dust is a collaborative effort between the United States, the UK, and Spain, showcasing Gatt’s transition from making short films on topical social themes to his first full-length feature.

When questioned about choosing a dark subject for his debut film, Stuart Gatt explained that he tends to explore the darker facets of human psychology. He noted that while American films often focus on positive emotions, human experiences involve struggles and a range of emotions, which may be influenced by his own childhood.

Mark David, one of the producers, expressed his admiration for the characters’ evolution in the story and highlighted the positive working relationship he shared with Stuart from their previous short film collaboration. Jonathan Katz, another co-producer, shared his enthusiasm for the script, praising the characters and dialogues as elements that made the film come together seamlessly.

The 96-minute film, Catching Dust, unfolds as a desert drama set in the isolation of Texas’ Big Bend. A lone trailer on an abandoned commune becomes the reluctant hideout for Geena and her criminal husband, Clyde. As Geena, exhausted by Clyde’s controlling ways, decides to leave, the arrival of a couple from New York in another trailer brings unexpected risks. Despite the dangers, Geena convinces Clyde to let them stay, a decision that leads to perilous consequences for all involved.

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