Anna Paquin described her indelible love of independent filmmaking to Variety’s chief film critic Peter Debruge at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
“We wouldn’t do it if we weren’t passionate about it. You don’t produce independent film because you’re looking for fame, finance, and glory,” said Paquin, who was at the festival with her film “The Parting Glass.”
She continued: “You do it because of the love of the art — because of stories that you passionately want to tell. And this is one of those for us.”
The film, which revolves around a “family coming together in the wake of the suicide of one of the siblings,” according to Paquin, reunites “True Blood” co-stars Paquin, first-time director on the film Stephen Moyer, and Denis O’Hare, who wrote and stars in the family drama.
“One of the things that Denis and Steve were playing with is the idea of memories being unreliable,” Paquin said.
“The Parting Glass'” ensemble cast includes Melissa Leo, Rhys Ifans, Cynthia Nixon, and Ed Asner.
Patricia Clarkson discussed women in film and her rise through independent cinema with Variety‘s Peter Debruge on Variety Critics Corner presented by HBO Europe at Karlovy Vary Film Festival. “There are a lot of big producers, they’re all male,” said Clarkson. “They are now realizing not only is it politically correct to have women writing, [...]
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