Isabel Coixet was born in Barcelona.
Since her debut feature, Too Old
to Die Young (1989), she has directed
Things I Never Told You (1996), My Life
Without Me (2003), The Secret Life of Words (2005),
Elegy (2008), Map of the Sounds of
Tokyo (2009), Another Me (2013), and a segment
of Paris, Je T’aime (2006).
In her latest film, Learning to Drive, a Manhattan writer (Patricia Clarkson) finds solace in her biweekly lessons with a Sikh driving instructor (Ben Kingsley) after her husband leaves her. The film is adapted from Katha Pollitt’s 2002 essay for The New Yorker. (TIFF official site)
Learning to Drive will play at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 10, and 12.
to Drive is a sweet and sour comedy about the unlikely friendship
between a woman (a writer played by Patricia Clarkson) and a man (a
Sikh taxi driver played by Ben Kingsley) coming from two different
WaH: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?
fact that almost half of the film happens inside a car was not an easy
task. We also shot in August in NYC. Really, really, REALLY hot!
And don’t listen to what other people (especially male directors or male
producers) say about your work. Nobody knows what’s your point of
view better than yourself.
IC: I deeply admire Agnès Varda. Among her films, Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse is my favorite. It’s a true masterpiece about the wasting
of food in the First World and also a beautiful meditation about learning and aging. Agnès is eighty-something and one of the youngest and
freshest filmmakers I know.