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Video Interview: Elizabeth Chomko – What They Had

Video Interview: Elizabeth Chomko – What They Had

Compassionate, introspective and quietly in your face, What They Had makes a case for coming to terms….on your own terms. Films where the focal point is around a neurodegenerative disease would be adorned with dramatic weight are a dim a dozen, but first time filmmaker Elizabeth Chomko adds a certain poignancy in de-dramatizatizing the everyday, and finding comedic moments in tragedy and in conflict. Addressing guilt and taking on the anxieties of others, the head strong character of Hilary Swank serves as the film’s core — a deeply flawed mother, daughter, sister and wife working upstream against the angst and pressures of what is a multi-dimensional, generational quintet.

Presented at the Sundance Film Festival and more recently the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, What They Had gets released via the Bleecker Street folks this weekend. Here is my sit down with Chomko.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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