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.”


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