The Wolfpack crew at the Walter Reade Theater. Photo by Lindsey Seide.
On today's episode of our podcast The Close-Up, you'll hear a lively conversation with the director and subjects of Sundance-winning documentary, The Wolfpack, as well as an intimate discussion with the co-screenwriter and star of Eden, the new film from acclaimed French director Mia Hansen-Løve.
In part one, Félix de Givry and Sven Hansen-Løve discuss Eden, Mia Hansen-Løve's film about the rise of electronic music in France. The movie is based on the real-life experiences of the director's co-writer and brother, Sven, who was a pioneering DJ of the French rave scene in the early '90s. De Givry stars as Paul, a DJ whose distinctive brand of rave music rises in popularity alongside friends Daft Punk. Eden was a main slate selection at the 52nd New York Film Festival and opens in select cities this weekend. On the occasion of its U.S. theatrical release, Film Comment Digital Editor Violet Lucca sat down with the star and screenwriter to talk about Eden's relevance to current trends in electronic music, the film's representation of time, and its expansive soundtrack.
Félix de Givry and Sven Hansen-Løve in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Photo by Michael Odmark.
In part two, first-time feature filmmaker Crystal Moselle talks about her Sundance hit The Wolfpack. The film focuses on the Angulo family, seven long-haired children who were homeschooled by their mother and forbidden from leaving their Lower East Side apartment by their withdrawn father. Growing up under such intense restriction, the brothers turned to movies as a means of escape. Not only did they become die-hard cinephiles, they also collaborated on elaborate, meticulously staged remakes of their favorite films, such as Reservoir Dogs, The Dark Knight, and Pulp Fiction. Following a sneak preview of the film, Moselle joined five of the brothers and their mother on stage for a lively Q&A.