The American classic Wildlife by Richard Ford has been made into a film and its might be an Oscar contender.
Critics everywhere are raving about this indie film and it’s easy to see why. Director Paul Dano was originally working on his acting career but upon reading the book became entranced by the story and wanted to see it come to life.
In a radio interview with The Ringer, Dano admits that the story was instantly memorable and relatable. He grew up with divorced parents and the experiences of Wildlife‘s main character Joe Brinson resonated with him. Wildlife follows a teenage boys’ depleting household in the late 50s, over the course of three days events take place that mold and shatter the relationships in his family home.
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In just about 177 pages this book takes readers into a world like no other. Dano said after reading the book he had to make a screenplay about it. With the help from his wife, Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick) who is also happens to be a screenwriter, really got the ball rolling for the script. In an interview with The Ringer, Dano mentioned when Kazan first read his screenplay she said “It’s good” and he knew from there it needed a lot of editing, so they began to work together.
Variety says “Dano, it’s immediately clear, is a natural-born filmmaker, with an eye for elegant spare compositions that refrain from being too showy; they rarely get in the way of the story he’s telling.” Though the writing process was tricky, Dano directorial debut is a coming of age period piece that lets the actors shine in their portrayal of the story. Starring Academy award nominated actors, Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan the film is garnering a lot of buzz.
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Wildlife first premiered in Sundance earlier this year and is currently playing in small arthouse theaters.
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