Julianne Moore and her writer-director husband Bart Freundlich agree that the most fulfilling aspect of creating a film is witnessing a real-life audience react to it for the the first time. And when “After the Wedding,” written and directed by Freundlich and starring Moore, opened at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival over the weekend — marking the second festival opened by the film since its Sundance premiere — they both felt gratified.
“It is really, really wonderful to see your film connect with an actual audience,” Moore, who also accepted the Crystal Globe at the event, said at the Variety Critics Corner presented by HBO Europe. “Because I think we’re all insulated in our industry so often so when we see films too is with other people in our community. What you want is to have an actual audience see them and react to them as an emotional experience. So we’re really gratified by that.”
Freundlich agreed with his wife and creative partner, saying, “It is this huge collaborative art — filmmaking. When you’re making it, afterward, and then with the audience. It really doesn’t feel done until someone is seeing and experiencing it.”
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, [...]
Director Tim Mielants speaks with Variety chief film critic Peter Debruge on his new film “Patrick” and its use of nudity at the Variety Critics Corner presented by HBO Europe. “I think all the actors felt that it wasn’t about nudity, that we were trying to tell another story. Actually, we all considered it a [...]
The new HBO Europe series “The Sleepers” is a six-part spy drama set in pre-Velvet Revolution former communist Czechoslovakia. Director Ivan Zacharias (“Wasteland”) and actor David Nykl (“Stargate”) joined Variety film critic Peter Debruge to discuss the series at the Variety Critics Corner, presented by HBO Europe. Zacharias recalled the year that brought the decades-long communist regime to an [...]
Golden Globe contender Saoirse Ronan reunited with her “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig and co-star Timothée Chalamet in “Little Women,” a film she uncharacteristically approached Gerwig about at an award show. “I just tapped her on the shoulder and was like, ‘I know you’re doing ‘Little Women’ and I know Jo is going to be […]
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Mindy Kaling and Constance Wu both starred in woman-directed films this year; Kaling in Nisha Ganatra’s “Late Night” and Wu in Lorene Scafaria’s “Hustlers.” In their “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” conversation, the two shared stories about working with female directors and how playing women who are ambitious used to be portrayed as a negative […]