FLC Luminaries, our new video series presented by Netflix, spotlights talent in all levels of the filmmaking process who uplift the art and craft of cinema. For our inaugural conversation, we are proud to welcome Academy Award-winner Olivia Colman to discuss her role as Leda in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter, an NYFF59 Spotlight selection. Colman discussed her experience working on location in Greece, the ease of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s direction, the camaraderie between the cast and crew while filming during COVID-19, and more.
In her striking feature directorial debut, Maggie Gyllenhaal adapts the 2006 novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante, a potent work of psychological interiority that follows Leda, a divorced professor on a solitary summer vacation who becomes intrigued and then oddly involved in the lives of another family she meets there. Oscar-winner Olivia Colman brilliantly embodies this quietly tempestuous character, finely shading in the enigmatic relationships she creates with strangers. A moving, sometimes unsettling inquiry into motherhood and personal freedom, Gyllenhaal’s adaptation maintains Ferrante’s signature ambiguity and matter-of-fact style, and features an outstanding supporting cast, including Jessie Buckley, Ed Harris, Dakota Johnson, Paul Mescal, Alba Rohrwacher, and Peter Sarsgaard.
FLC Luminaries is presented by Netflix. The Lost Daughter will open in theaters on December 17th and will premiere on Netflix beginning December 31st.