On today’s episode, we look back on the career of one of our favourite filmmakers, Kelly Reichardt (First Cow, Certain Women), and ask why it’s taken until her 8th feature, Showing Up, for her to get a slot in the Cannes Competition.
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Today’s episode of the podcast on Kelly Reichardt is the second of four episodes celebrating achievements of women directors at the Cannes Film Festival in Competition and beyond.
Episode 2: Kelly Reichardt at Cannes 2022
In 2020, we wrote an ebook called Roads to nowhere: Kelly Reichardt’s broken American dreams. It’s the first non-academic book to be published about Reichardt’s work.
Writing that book gave us an even deeper appreciation of Reichardt’s brilliance as a director (and screenwriter and editor). In this episode, we dissect why she’s so deserving of a Cannes Competition slot, and has been for a long time.
In our opinion, there’s not a bad or uninteresting film to be found in Kelly Reichardt’s filmography: River of Grass (1994), Old Joy (2006), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek’s Cutoff (2010), Night Moves (2013), Certain Women (2015), First Cow (2019), and now, her new film Showing Up, which we’ve yet to see.
Showing Up is not Reichardt’s first rodeo with Cannes. Wendy and Lucy premiered in the Un Certain Regard sidebar in 2008. But it’s taken 14 years since Reichardt’s first Cannes premiere for the festival to pursue her for a Competition slot.
In this episode, we chat about what makes Reichardt so great, why it’s taken so long for her work to be appreciated by the industry, and what a Cannes Competition slot means in the context of her career.
This episode features Editor-in-Chief Alex Heeney, Executive Editor Orla Smith, and Contributing Editor Lindsay Pugh
On this Kelly Reichardt at Cannes podcast episode
- About our Kelly Reichardt ebook, Roads to Nowhere (4:22)
- Who is Kelly Reichardt? (5:52)
- Why 2022 is The Year of Kelly Reichardt (9:02)
- Kelly Reichardt’s history with Cannes and other festivals (10:36)
- Why we love Kelly Reichardt (28:42)
- Reichardt’s explorations of capitalist systems (37:15)
- The finances of a Kelly Reichardt film (41:46)
- Kelly Reichardt is a comedic filmmaker! (59:14)
- Showing Up and Reichardt’s collaborators (53:41)
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