December 5, 2016

Cannes Winner Alice Rohrwacher on Facing Your First-Time Director Fears [PODCAST]

Alice Rohrwacher never saw a movie until she was an adult. She also never stepped onto a film set before her first feature.

Alice Rohrwacher, Cannes-winning director of The Wonders, was selected to be this year's prestigious Film Society of Lincoln Center Filmmaker in Residence, where she was working on her third narrative feature. Growing up in the Tuscan countryside, Rohrwacher never saw a moving image until she was an adult. She faked her way into directing and shooting her first feature film, having never stepped foot on a film set. We spoke during her Film Society residency, and discussed how she pulled that off, boredom's role in producing creativity, and why we need to go into the void to be great filmmakers.

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Featured image from 'The Wonders,' dir. Alice Rohrwacher.

This episode was edited by Jon Fusco.

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Being the sister of a famous actress also helps

December 5, 2016 at 12:52PM


"Rohrwacher never saw a moving image until she was an adult." Were you get that info?! I saw an interview of her by NYFF were she sees she didn't see a movie until she was 9, which of course is very late in todays day and age, but certainly far from adulthood. She even studied screenwriting according to Wikipedia. C'mon folks...

December 6, 2016 at 4:52PM