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Andrew Bujalski’s latest experiment is an episodic film tinged with humor and some darkness; in it, characters and situations string together in a game of theme and variations. But this isn’t its only peculiarity. Made during the pandemic, in There There material restrictions become a formal and narrative challenge—how do we make a film about bonds when neither the actors nor the characters are able to share the frame? But, as in every good cinematic experiment, here form and sense establish a dialogue—exploring what is born from the tension between intimacy and distance, between the difficulty to meet and the attempt to circumvent the vacuum, Bujalski gives a new dimension to the shot/reverse angle setup and reminds us, while he’s at it, why he is one of the most interesting contemporary indie filmmakers in the US.
Andrew Bujalski was born in 1977 in Boston, USA. He studied Film at Harvard. He is a writer-director, and he also works as a teacher and essayist. He wrote and directed seven features, including Funny Ha Ha (2002), Mutual Appreciation (2005, 22nd Festival), Computer Chess (2013, 28th Festival) and Support the Girls (2018).
G, E: Andrew Bujalski
F: Matthias Grunsky
S: Eric Masunaga
M: Jon Natchez
P: Houston King, Dia Sokol Savage, Sam Bisbee
I: Jason Schwartzman, Lili Taylor, Lennie James, Molly Gordon, Annie LaGanga
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