FILE PHOTO: 78th Venice Film Festival – Photo call for “The Lost Daughter” – in competition – Venice, Italy September 3, 2021 – Director Maggie Gyllenhaal and actors Dakota Johnson and Olivia Colman pose. REUTERS / Yara Nardi
December 15, 2021
By Hanna Rantala
LONDON (Reuters) – Maggie Gyllenhaal brings Elena Ferrante’s novel “The Lost Daughter” to the big screen as she directs, a gripping drama about motherhood choices starring Olivia Colman, Oscar winner.
Colman plays Leda, who is on vacation alone in Greece, befriending a young mother and a daughter. The encounter evoked painful memories of her own decisions about her children.
Gyllenhaal and Colman spoke to Reuters about the story and communicated with the notoriously secretive Ferrante.
Below are excerpts edited for length and clarity.
Q: Why did you choose this story for your film director debut?
Gyllenhaal: “When I first read Ferrante, I guess I felt like she was saying things out loud that I knew were true, but I had never heard them out loud. And I find that both unsettling and comforting, and I think, more realistically, it’s like… a really pleasant shock.”
Q: How to contact Ferrante?
Gyllenhaal: “All my interactions with her, all via email, are all you want. There’s something amazing about her staying anonymous because she could be the person I imagined her to be. And she is nothing but supportive all the time… really supportive in a smart, thoughtful way. ”
Q: What drew you to this role and as a mother, is there any aspect of the story that made an impression on you?
Colman: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything where someone says ‘I’m leaving and that’s great’ so I found it fascinating. Leda is so different from me… I can’t leave and I don’t want to either. But I understand the thought process behind it and I think most parents will feel the same way. People have gone ‘if I could, gosh, just an hour to myself’ even though she took it extremely seriously. “
Q: You were filming in Greece at the beginning of the pandemic when travel was difficult and bubbles were forming, what was that like?
Colman: “We were all in love and we were all very nice and everyone had loved ones at home, so we missed them all and just had a good time… right now… when Maggie says ‘wrap’, everyone will go on the sea. I feel a little bad because it was so nice. ”
(Reporting by Hanna Rantala; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)
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