After a number of delays on account of COVID-19 and main manufacturing upheavals, together with transferring the shoot from Nicaragua to Panama, Claire Denis and the solid of Stars at Noon, Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn, took the stage on the Cannes Film Festival to current the competitors title, an adaptation of the Denis Johnson novel.
Unlike Johnson’s novel, which is about in Nicaragua in 1984 and follows an American lady who will get caught up within the Sandinista civil warfare, Denis made Stars at Noon as a up to date romantic thriller. She defined that when the manufacturing was compelled to maneuver from Nicaragua to Panama “for security reasons and sanitary reasons when COVID started” she discovered it – “ridiculous to try and recreate the Sandinista civil war in Panama.”
Denis mentioned she first noticed Qualley in Cannes in 2019, within the Quentin Tarantino movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but it surely took a number of years to lastly get Stars at Noon made.
“We had to wait so long to make this film, and Margaret waited,” mentioned Denis. “And because [Margaret] waited, I thought I had to do it with her. I couldn’t let her wait for nothing.”
Qualley referred to as Denis “an absolute legend, the best of the best” and mentioned her method to directing allowed her to be extremely free on set. “Because she is looking at you with so much love, you feel free to do anything,” Qualley mentioned.
Shooting in Panama felt like returning house, Qualley mentioned, noting that her father had moved to the nation a few years earlier than and he or she has been visiting the South American nation “on and off for 14 years [so I’ve] accidentally been prepping for 14 years.”
Stars at Noon is simply the second time Denis has appeared in competitors in Cannes, after her debut characteristic, Chocolat premiered right here in 1988. Speaking on the historic lack of feminine illustration within the competition’s official choice, Denis famous that whereas “it is much better now,” it stays a problem for ladies administrators to get their work made and acknowledged.
“Still, it is really hard for men and women to (make) movies,” the director mentioned. But “it is harder for women. But women are tough, and it is important to be tough when you are making films.”