Writer-Director Nicole Holofcener Returns to Sundance for Fourth Time With Bitter Comedy you hurt my feelingsIt’s her reunion with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a novelist whose marriage is upended when she overhears her husband’s honest opinion on her latest book. Michaela Watkins, Arian Moayed and Jeannie Berlin also star. you hurt my feelings Premieres today at 6:30 CST. Ahead of that, Holofcener shared some thoughts with Deadline on her latest film, Film Festival, using Covid as an example to direct in her pajamas remotely.
deadline: You are a writer. How personal is this movie to you?
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HOLOFCENER: This movie is personal to me in an indirect way. I wonder about the questions raised in the movie. Would I feel okay if someone close to me didn’t like my movie? I’m sure a lot of people I know don’t like my movies, or all of my movies, and I just don’t know, thank goodness. But what if I knew? Somehow, this feels awkward. So, is it better to lie and only support those we love, or to tell the truth and convince them we love them no matter what?
deadline: You worked with Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the 2013 film Enough is Enough. How does it feel to be reunited?
hologram: Julia and I had a great time enough said So I’ve been trying to write something for us again apparently I’m not the fast type.
deadline: Were there any particular challenges in making this film?
HOLOFCENER: The first challenge that came to my mind was that I had Covid in my second week. But I use my laptop directly at home and somehow everything works. Director in pajamas is not bad. Well, this is actually a bit far-fetched. All the actors are hilarious and work great together. It’s actually one of the most fun and relaxing shoots I’ve ever done. Laughter helps a lot.
deadline: Your first Sundance project is walk and talk In the year 1996. I think it’s fair to call you Sundance royalty. How do you find your first in-person festival in three years?
HOLOFCENER: Royalty, huh? Okay, am I Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle? Or maybe I’m the dead queen. Thank you for the compliment though. At least you didn’t say I was a great man. Please don’t call me strong. As for the festival, it’s interesting, been here a few times to see the changes in Park City. There are many people and it is difficult to buy tickets. This town used to feel like it was hosting a film festival. Maybe it’s just the first weekend, but everything is packed.
deadline: It’s a challenging time for independent films. What do you think is the biggest threat facing the industry?
HOLOFCENER: sorry i won’t answer [that]. There are people who can answer this question better than I can. I’ll say I’m glad I’m still making movies, and from what’s going on here, a lot of new people are doing movies too.
deadline: Are you looking forward to the premiere?
HOLOFCENER: I’m both excited and nervous about the screening of my film on Sunday. I haven’t seen it in front of a real audience yet. Here comes Julia and Tobias, and I think they’re proud of the film, which is very gratifying. Just thinking about making a movie and embarrassing the cast for it makes me want to curl up and go home. I think we’re going to have a lot of fun. Of course, I’m trying to watch a lot of other movies.
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