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Video Interview: Janicza Bravo – Zola

We could label Janicza Bravo‘s sophomore feature as a road-trip misadventure and about getting a raw deal in a set number of twitter character space, but deep down its about the deconstruction of the incidental, shaping the narrative and about negotiating the terms in real time. Three years after premiering Lemon at the Sundance Film Festival, Bravo returns with Zola – A24’s first superhero film where a stripper outplays, outthinks, and outwits the overlords and the powers that be. I had the chance to sit down with the filmmaker and discuss how she worked at adapting the material, the creative use of narration, the use of sound, and creating a character who is we could relate as a power broker in her own right. Zola lands in theatres today.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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