“The revenge is kind of the engine that this character harnesses her grief to,” Hunter tells TheWrap
Holly Hunter plays a mother overcome by the loss of her grown son in “Strange Weather,” and though she’s never lost a child herself, the Oscar-winning actress says grief is universal.
“I talked to people who have experienced it, I know people who have experienced it. There are probably a great amount of us who have come into contact … with that particular kind of loss,” Hunter told TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly about preparing for the role.
“I felt more that this was a story of grief and how to deal with it, which is something that everyone experiences,” she continued.
The festival earlier this week revealed that it would host the first public East Coast screenings of buzzy awards hopefuls like ‘Lion,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘Bleed for This.’
Aaron Eckhart, Holly Hunter and Edward Norton will all participate in talks at this year’s Hamptons Film Festival.
The sit-downs will be part of the festival’s signature “A Conversation With…” program and take place at 1 p.m. on Friday Oct. 7, Saturday Oct. 8 and Sunday Oct. 9 during the Columbus Day Weekend event.
Eckhart stars as boxing trainer Kevin Rooney in the Miles Teller-starring awards hopeful Bleed for This, which is set to have its East Coast premiere at the festival. His conversation will take place on Oct. 7 ahead of the Bleed for This screening.
Hunter stars in Katherine Dieckmann’s Strange Weather, which will serve as the festival’s Southampton Opening Night film on Friday Oct. 7. Her conversation will take place on Oct. 8.
Norton, who was previously announced as the recipient of the festival’s career achievement award, will participate in the Oct. 9 talk.
“Our ‘A Conversation With…’ series has been a focal point of the Hamptons International Film Festival since its inception. These riveting conversations allow audiences a deeper look into the cinematic discussion of acting and filmmaking,” HIFF executive director Anne Chaisson said in a statement. “We are honored to have the talented Aaron Eckhart, Holly Hunter and Edward Norton at the festival this year to bring in-depth and intriguing discussions to our audience in the Hamptons.”
The red carpet is all but pulled up in Toronto, as the festival readies for its Closing Night Gala this evening. But the Holly Hunter-starrer Strange Weather got its Roy Thomson Hall premiere last night at TIFF, and she stopped by Deadline’s Toronto studio earlier in the week to talk it through.
Written and directed by Katherine Dieckmann, the movie follows Hunter’s Darcy Baylor, a single mom who sets out to uncover the truth behind her son’s suicide years earlier, as she learns that his business plan for a chain of family hot dog restaurants was purloined by his best friend. It’s an odd premise, but Hunter’s winning performance sells it, blending humor, heartache and horror.
Hunter told me she was attracted to the script, first and foremost. “It’s really beautiful and has an unusual structure,” she said. “There’s a tremendous amount of humor… in very unexpected places.”
She said her career had been “inhabited” by women directors. “I’ve worked with a lot of female directors over the course of my career,” Hunter noted. “Martha Coolidge, Catherine Hardwicke, Jodie Foster. Katherine wrote this, so she and I were both really intent on the protection of the structure, from the noun to the very. We were really in sync on that journey.”