We were happy to have director Andrew Haigh and editor Jonathan Alberts at the New York Film Festival for All of Us Strangers, a Main Slate selection of this year’s festival, where they recently discussed the film with NYFF Artistic Director Dennis Lim.
British director Andrew Haigh, whose 2011 feature breakthrough Weekend is among the most widely beloved queer romances of the 21st century, has returned with an expertly modulated, emotionally overwhelming love story suspended in a metaphysical realm. Adam (Andrew Scott), a melancholy screenwriter living alone in a newly built, nearly empty high-rise on the outskirts of London, meets and tentatively begins a passionate relationship with the more extroverted Harry (Paul Mescal), his apparent only neighbor in the building. At the same time, Adam begins another, parallel journey, venturing out to the city’s suburbs to confront his troubled past and perhaps reconcile his unsettled present. Adapted from a 1987 novel by Taichi Yamada, All of Us Strangers is uncommonly perceptive about the desires, fears, and traumas of a specific generation of gay men while extending into the universal—or perhaps the cosmic—in its depiction of familial love and estrangement. And in a quartet of superb performances, Scott, Mescal, Jamie Bell, and Claire Foy pierce straight to the heart. A Searchlight Pictures release.
Listen to the conversation with Haigh and Alberts below. Don’t forget to mark your calendars: All of Us Strangers opens in theaters on December. Tickets to the New York Film Festival are moving fast! Get up-to-date information on all available tickets on a daily basis by clicking here.