“The film is a mental voyage…I was interested in the directors’ anxiety, their failures in life and career. The common threads are a celebration of the creative process. I don’t only want film people to see the film; it is aimed at anyone who is creating.”
Angela Ismailos was in the process of creating her first film when she found herself in need of inspiration, so she did what any aspiring filmmaker would do. She sat down with ten great film directors and spoke to them about their own films, successes and failures. Though she does come from a privileged background, apparently Ismailos’s letter-writing campaign is what won over the directors who agreed to participate. And what a group of directors they are: David Lynch, Bernardo Bertolucci, Stephen Frears, Agnès Varda, Ken Loach, Liliana Cavani, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater, and John Sayles. The documentary won a standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival, and a second installment is already underway. Me, I’d see it for David Lynch alone; the ice cream and whipped cream are wonderful all, but I need crunchy nuts on top.
Here’s the trailer (the film opened July 2 in New York, and opens July 9 in LA):