The award-winning Italian-Turkish director on poltergeists, acting, and Italian Unification. Magnificent Presence screens Friday and Monday as part of our Open Roads: New Italian Cinema festival.
The filmmaker's debut feature screens tonight at 8pm as part of Film Society's ongoing Indie Night series, followed by a Q&A with Léonetti moderated by guest co-curator Ted Hope. We asked him some questions about himself and his film by way of introduction.
The first-time director discusses independent filmmaking as a labor of love, camaraderie on set, and working with young actors. "A Little Closer" screens tonight at 8pm followed by a Q&A with Petock and his cast and crew moderated by series co-curator Ted Hope.
"Italian Cinema is not in great shape, but there are some amazing films and filmmakers working there right now."
The ND/NF director talks about her short film "Revolution Reykjavik," which tells the story of the havoc wrought on a family by Iceland's financial crisis. The verdict is clear: "Excess is out; modesty is in."
"My main rule is not to panic, no matter what happens during the shoot. I try to give in totally to the force of production, and since I am a bit of a control freak, this ability to trust fate with its unpredictable turns and twists is essential to me."
"Most of the cast were non-professional actors, mainly middle-age and old women. Working with them while rehearsing and shooting was very gratifying and fun."
"In my limited experience, I’ve enjoyed discovering that if you allow the camera and the situations within a story to do the heavy dramatic lifting (meaning you choose both correctly), your performances can be judged not by how well your actors are creating drama, but by how honestly they are responding to it."