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Interview: Josephine Decker - Madeline's Madeline

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Interview: Josephine Decker – Madeline’s Madeline

Interview: Josephine Decker – Madeline’s Madeline

Artistic ambition, hierarchy within matriarchy, heightened psychosis and hormonal pushback act as a sort of microfibre in a dramedy about the individual being a product of their own environment and the boundaries that separate us. Simultaneously working on overlapping themes in three resilient women, Madeline’s Madeline is intoxicating and alive American indie cinema. Josephine Decker bends the form, and continually probing and questions what is identity and does so in her own unique, vibrant brimming approach. With no easy resolutions, one gets a strong sense of authorial prowess and an experimentation that is perhaps double speak and yet upfront about servicing and nurturing your own artistic needs. This masterwork might be my favorite think piece cinema of 2018 and will be anointed at all three year-end indie-friendly award shows in the Gothams, Indie Spirits and AIFAs.

Prior to the film’s international showcase at the Berlin Film Festival, I had the chance to sit with Josephine to discuss the editing process, the mother-stranger-daughter rapport, how the frame and shot selections adhere to this idea of separation, and competitiveness and pushback within this trio.

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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