|Introducing 'On the Road' in 2012|
AFI Film Festival director, Jessica Lyanga.
What highlights can we expected from the Special screenings strand?
The Dardenne Brothers are returning to showcase Two Days, One Night and Marion Cotillard will also come to the festival, so that’s going to be spectacular. We have Olivier Assayas’ Clouds Of Sils Maria. We have Xavier Dolan’s Mommy. We have shown all his film and this is the first time he is coming. We have Timothy Spall for Mr. Turner. Julianne Moore from Still Alice will be there and that’s another great performance from Kristen Stewart. Tales Of The Grim Sleeper is a very LA story and Nick Broomfield will be coming.
New York Film Festival director, Kent Jones.
I’ve seen you frequently at the festival leading panels and discussions on stage. How do you go about getting artists and performers to open up about their work?
You know, everyone is different. Everyone’s mind works differently. Every individual’s response to being in public is different in how they approach discussing their work. People [convey messages] with their demeanor and body language as well as hesitations and articulations. So that’s a human thing. Then there are people that I know really well, like Olivier or Paul, Fincher. They're different in the sense that we already know each other well.
But Kristen Stewart and I had never met and she did the press conference [for Assayas's Clouds of Sils Maria]. She was not just articulate but eager and excited by the idea of talking about the making of the movie. The movie is really very special to her. She doesn’t have the chance to work that way with American filmmakers. And that was great.