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Meet the 2011 ND/NF Filmmakers | "Memory Lane" and "Some Days Are Better Than Others"

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire March 22, 2011 at 12:26PM

In anticipation of the Wednesday launch of the 40th edition of the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of the Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films festival, indieWIRE releases two additions to our annual 'Meet the ND/NF Filmmakers' series.
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Meet the 2011 ND/NF Filmmakers | "Memory Lane" and "Some Days Are Better Than Others"
Images courtesy of ND/NF.

In anticipation of the Wednesday launch of the 40th edition of the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of the Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films festival, indieWIRE releases two additions to our annual 'Meet the ND/NF Filmmakers' series.

Today "Memory Lane" director Mikhaël Hers and "Some Days Are Better Than Others"' Matt McCormick are profiled.

The 2011 ND/NF runs March 23 - April 3. Click here for the full ND/NF lineup.

A snapshot of Tuesday's two filmmaker interviews:

Mikhaël Hers ensemble drama "Memory Lane," follows seven twenty-something friends who reunite in their hometown. Some have never left, while others moved elsewhere to start their lives anew. "I had already directed three medium-length films focused on the same themes and shot in the same places," Hers told indieWIRE. "I wanted to re-investigate these Parisian suburbs where I grew up. I wanted to shoot an impressionist chronicle of a group of friends between two ages, in these moments when they sense that something is unrelentingly changing. My aim was to unite in this movie ordinary situations and daily gestures, but also to put a lyrical background, more abstract, more existential, centered on the time that passes by."

In "Some Days Are Better Than Others," director/writer Matt McCormick delves into the lives of three stranded characters stuck in low-paying, mundane jobs. "My work tends to focus on setting and landscape, and with "Some Days" I was very interested in creating a batch of characters who were all struggling with environments that they were deeply intertwined with," McCormick said to indieWIRE. "With all my work I strive to look for metaphors, and abandoned objects I find make great metaphors. An old house left to rot is more than just withering architecture - it's the abandonment of an idea or plan - it's a visual reminder of some sort of failure."

The full-length interviews follow for Tuesday (3/22):

“Memory Lane” Director Mikhaël Hers

Some Days Are Better Than Others” Director Matt McCormick

The full-length interviews follow for Monday (3/21):

"Margin Call" Director JC Chandor

"El Velador" Director Natalia Almada

"Belle Epine" Director Rebecca Zlotwoski

"Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure" Director Matthew Bate

This article is related to: Features, Filmmaker Toolkit, Interviews





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