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The NYFF featured a big zoom call with Bill Murray in The French Dispatch.

Bill Murray and the others who are in the movies with him are engaged in a toast. FLC / Mettie Ostrowski

Given Wes Anderson’s individual production, this is not surprising. French dispatch., A photo he took before the epidemic, got off to a great start at the 59th New York Film Festival.

It was a distribution level thing, with the stars coming out in installments. After the festival screening, five of them – Louis Smith, Bob Balaban, Leah Sidox, Jeffrey Wright and Angelica Fellini – and NYFF director Eugene Hernandez Ellis took to the stage at Tolly Hall. They were joined – in the virtual style that has become commonplace these days – by Anderson, producer Jeremy Dawson and four more stars: Bill Murray, Adrian Brody, Steve Park and Jason Schwartzman.

The epidemic was not the cause of the virtual call. “I’m sorry we weren’t there,” the director announced via Zoom. “I will never leave the New York Film Festival for any reason – except to shoot a film.” Which, of course, was the case.

Anderson has since moved to another film and another country. French dispatch.. In fact, it was two o’clock in the morning in the Spanish city of Chinchon, a town southeast of Madrid where a “Untitled Wes Anderson Film” is now in production. “We’re in the middle of the shooting,” Anderson explained.[Zoom] The best we can do. ”

Hernandez first went to Bill Murray to report progress. “Tonight was barbecue night,” the actor continued, laughing. “As you can imagine, the Spaniards love their ham. We ate together at a big long table, about 45 people at a time, and the night was great. Nothing happened. There was no police operation, no soldiers in the city. It was pretty quiet. And I think we’re making a great movie – from the trash you just saw.

Anderson smiled and smiled at the same time and ran to do some repairs. French dispatch. His funny Valentine is not only for French cinema but also for literary journalism, the kind that was acted upon and perfected. New Yorker. “For years, I’ve spent at least half of my time in France,” he said. “I’m looking forward to making a French film.” I wanted to use what I have been experiencing for years as an American living abroad. And then I decided to do an anthology around this magazine.

Most of the characters in the picture are based on well-known literary genres that were in this cold pool of knowledge decades ago. Closing Credits In a long and loving devotion, the names of the names are one of them.

Murray, who has starred in nine of Anderson’s ten films, plays a key role in one case – a hard-nosed editor who left his native Kansas to create a smart magazine in France whose staff was gifted. There were foreign authors. Here is Arthur Howitzer Jr. (aka Herald Russia, co-founder). New Yorker).

There is no story for that. French dispatch.. Which plot do you have in five different episodes, such as magazine articles: a will, a travel column and three feature pieces.

“We saw it not as an experiment, but as a short story,” Anderson said. It was fun to work like that. ”

“It really was,” piped Schwartzman, who conceived the yarn with his cousins ​​Roman Coppola, Hugo Guinness and Anderson, and who plays the cartoonist in the photo paper. “Every part of it that we work on, we forget about the other parts and get very immersed in it.” So: a detailed sense of humor.

Regardless of their origin, each episode requires a hugely infamous race in a uniquely imaginary French town called Ennoi-sur-Blaise (translation: boring on apathy). The original name of the place is Angolim, and, Anderson said, it was the perfect backdrop: “All our ideas about inventing our own French city were based on French films. We found ways to interpret them in this town. Find out. We used half the population of the place during the film. It became a character. ”

Brody plays art dealer Julian Cadazio, an imaginary face of Lord Devin, who sold a lot of European art to a lot of rich Americans. Brody, who clearly did his homework, said: “Devin basically created the art world, and in a sense, became a collector, because he influenced some of the biggest industrialists and incredibly rich people. Succeeded in doing things that end up in museums.

One of the art collectors created by Devine, Upshore “Mao” Clampet, is played by 90-year-old Louis Smith, one of the city’s new Tony winners. Both the character and the actress are from Kansas, but that didn’t make Smith’s job easier. “Kansas is where it started and ended as a real relationship,” he allowed. “Weiss talked to me about the hills, and he felt like he didn’t talk about the hills in Kansas, but” – he gave a resigned laugh here – “it wasn’t a hindrance.”

Rubik Wright, a food journalist beautifully portrayed by Jeffrey Wright, has James Baldwin and AJ Labeling for references. “The impact was overwhelming,” the actor admitted. “I was trying to justify who this guy was, so Baldwin was the perfect window for him to be an expat in France at the time. I wanted to understand how this guy – Black man, gay man, American – Baldon was really justified when it happened. He’s not James Baldwin. There are so many languages ​​around and the irony around the language that I was drawn to, I just fell in love with the language of the story and its beauty, and the poetry and the music. It was like a song that I couldn’t get it out of my head when I heard it on the radio, it just stayed with me.

“Weiss also talked a little bit about Tennessee Williams. There’s half a teaspoon of Tennessee Williams.” I forgot to put a whole handful. I was trying to use these non-fiction quotes to create a fictional Frankstein version of something that had nothing to do with them but only in part.

Like almost all the actors gathered here for question and answer, Bob Balaban is a chronic Wes Anderson repeater. Asked why he kept coming back, he replied, “I’m afraid you won’t be asked again if you don’t come back.” After he laughed, he stepped back a little. “It was a foolish answer,” he said. “The real answer is that it’s nice to be around this man.”

Halfway through the interview, Cocktail arrived at the hotel suite of the Chinchwad contingent. Everyone quickly broke up formally and helped with their favorite drink. Anderson explained: “I specifically asked that no one drink before the question and answer but we should drink during the question and answer.” Rice, among Alice Tally’s tattoo tailors, thought it was a “good decision.”

After the glass glazed and the “chairs”, Murray got into a body toast. He even shortened it. Shaking his glass, he said to the camera: “NYFF, MF.” Once again, Anderson smiled and smiled.

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