One Day has a rigid structure that some directors would find impossible. Emma and Dexter – played by Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess – live through two decades of tumultuous friendship and love, although we only see them on July 15th each year. But this romantic drama plays to Danish-born director Lone Scherfig’s strengths.
Her flair for delicately handled, nuanced relationships was evident in her English-language breakthrough, An Education. Earlier in her career she made Italian for Beginners, following the strict naturalistic philosophy of the Dogme movement; she’s used to coloring inside the lines. And maybe surprisingly for a one-time Dogme filmmaker, she said she wants One Day to be a movie romance like The Way We Were.
In our conversation, Scherfig also talked about the difference between her smaller films and One Day, about working with writer David Nicholls (who adapted the screenplay from his novel) and about how having movie-star Anne Hathaway in the cast freed her to bring in the lesser known but incredibly good Jim Sturgess.
(In my separate chat with Sturgess, he talked about the new film and his beginnings as a musician; you can watch that interview here.)
Video edited by TAYLOR LEVY.