After the final credits roll and Nicole Holofcener takes the stage with stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tobias Menzies inside Park City’s Eccles Theater, how the veteran filmmaker constructs what’s next I had a specific vision about what… like her movies.
She decided to call herself “Old School” by skipping the scrolls on her iPhone and reading out a white paper with the names of the collaborators who worked on the Sundance Film Festival selection. you hurt meAfter all the cries were politely delivered, she quipped, “Have I hurt anyone’s feelings yet?” I was hoping he would sit on stage with his legs hanging off the edge.
Louis-Dreyfus declined the offer, but she took the first question posed to her and explained what attracted her to a second collaboration with Holofcener. enough saidwith James Gandolfini.
After joking that it was a “money-making gig,” Louis-Dreyfus said, “First and foremost, working with Nicole as a writer and director is of course irresistible.” It helped her that she liked the story. “When I had lunch with Nicole, she told me about this premise. As soon as she told me that premise, I thought, yeah, I’m making this movie. It’s a very small thing in a very big thing, and that’s what appealed to me.”
The film casts Louis-Dreyfus as New York novelist Beth. Beth has been working on the follow-up to her somewhat successful memoir for years, sharing countless drafts with her approving and supportive husband Don (Tobias Menzies). . Her world of Beth she soon unravels when she overhears Don admit to her brother-in-law Mark that he doesn’t actually like her new book. Michaela Watkins, Owen Teague, Arianne Moyed and Jeanie Berlin round out the cast.
Today’s show was a welcome Sundance return for Holofcener, marking his fourth return to the Fest.she just said she deadline That she doesn’t like being called a “stubborn”, she returned to the house where she belonged and acted like a comfortable and confident regular. “Can I turn on the lights?” Holofcener asked a Sundance official who was answering questions from the audience during a Q&A. “I’m used to old Sundance, but this one is very different.”
Rounding up some insightful questions from the crowd, including questions about the impromptu take, the future of Beth and Don’s marriage, Holofcener’s writing process, and how Louis-Dreyfus and Menzies managed to find it. So it was good that they honored her request. Old couple’ chemistry. (Louis-Dreyfus laughs at when it’s best to lie and when it’s best to tell the truth: “Always tell the truth, never tell the truth.”) I did.)
Then, as the lights come on and eyeballs raise their arms in the air to scan the crowd looking for the next audience member, Michael J. Fox isn’t just sitting there for the show, he has something to say. It became clear that there wasFox is here in Park City for his documentary debut Still: The Films of Michael J. Foxoffers more compliments than questions by saying how much he loves movies and, being married to his wife, Tracy, for 35 years, how much of his own life has been reflected off the screen. bottom.
That kind of response, whether it’s from high-profile audiences, fans, or passionate moviegoers, is what Holofcener has provided throughout her career with films like: Rich Friends, Lovely & Amazing When walking and talking. She focuses on aspects of personal relationships, sometimes broad, often niche, with an ability that touches the nerve so that many can easily find themselves, friends and family among the characters. It has long been admired.
In one of his closing comments, Holofcener said that by-passing typical test screenings, focus groups, etc., he was able to get his work out there. “Even other studios in the past just get lists, get numbers and comments, and basically just do what they want,” she said with a big round of applause. .”