French director Julia Ducournau, who burst onto the world cinema scene in 2016 with “Raw”, admits that it was not easy to come up with her latest film, “Titanium”.
âI think it’s the most difficult screenplay I’ve ever had to write, even though I’m very young in my career,â she told Variety’s Awards Circuit Podcast. âBut I think I never struggled as much as I did for this one for so many reasons. I was very scared of the expectations people had for my second movie, knowing that ‘Raw’ had found it. his success.
On the podcast, Ducournau talks about his journey to create the new project and his struggle to connect with the main character. Listen below!
âWhen it’s your first feature film, nobody expects anything because nobody even knows you exist,â she says. âSo this is something that I struggled a lot with, I also struggled with my own expectations. Regarding my second film, I felt like I had given everything to “Raw” and I was afraid of having nothing else to give to another film, and especially love. And so it is something that took a long time to find in me.
âTitaneâ won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, making Ducournau the second woman to win this prestigious award, after Jane Campion.
âI don’t think it’s something that I’ve completely dealt with yet,â she said. âAnd I don’t think I want to actually treat it. Maybe in hindsight, many years from now, but at the moment I don’t want to give in too much under the weight of this. Because I want to keep working. I was obviously honored to put it mildly.
Ducournau also talks about whether she would write a screenplay in English (“I think English is a much more action-oriented language. So for me that would be very interesting. I’m already very action-oriented.” â) And many more in the episode.
But first, the Awards Circuit Roundtable discusses “West Side Story,” “Look Not Up” and upcoming nominations for Critics Choice and Golden Globe.
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