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“Learning to listen to others is very important”

Steve Buscemi Venice 79

The closing movie – out of competition – of Authors’ Days 2022has been The listenerreturn to actor direction Steve Buscemi, whom we met and interviewed at the Lido. The feature film stars the MCU star and performer of Valkyrie in Marvel’s Thor films, Tessa Thompsonwhile the screenplay is signed by Alexandre Camon (The messenger). The story told is that of Beth, a volunteer for a friendly phone who is part of a small army that every night, in every corner of the United States, receives calls from people who feel alone, distressed, desperate and worried.

In this post-pandemic era, the disorder of the world turned the wave of desperate women and men into a tsunami. Buscemi tells us a sample of troubled Western societylistening to a help line for solitary one of the most popular actresses of the moment, called to listen to the women and men who represent the troubled modernity of our world that must be understood and saved.

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I’ve been trying to direct another movie for years, but I’ve been busy with acting and other aspects of my life. – Buscemi told us in our interview, which you can find at the bottom of the article – But when I read the script for this film I found it so beautiful, I loved the character of Beth. I loved the shades because there were so many of them. When I read it, I felt that I wanted to be part of the project”.

I don’t think it’s a pandemic movie, if anything it has the aftermath of the pandemic and Covid, but that’s not what it’s about – explained the director, who in his career has worked with many great authors of American cinema such as Scorsese, the Coens, Tarantino – As human beings, we have always faced problems such as mental illness, loneliness, depression, or having to deal with economic and spiritual crises. These are things that have always existed, perhaps the pandemic has only exacerbated these dynamics”.

Here is the video of Steve Buscemi’s full interview for The listener:



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