(Above: Kristen Stewart in ‘Homemade.’ Source: YouTube video)
Homemade, a short-film anthology with contributions from international filmmakers stuck at home — including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kristen Stewart — debuts today on Netflix.
Filmed using only equipment found at home, the stories explore the pandemic lockdown’s impact on people around the world.
“Homemade is an invitation to a group of directors to explore creativity under the same conditions. It’s quite democratic,” said Larraín. “This is not about resources, this is about the craft of filmmaking.”
A donation will be made in honor of each filmmaker to Netflix’s Hardship Fund, which has already committed $100 million to help provide emergency relief to out-of-work crew and cast across in the TV and film industry.
Homemade includes 17 films, ranging from 5 to 11 minutes. Among the filmmakers:
Paolo Sorrentino – Creator of the HBO series The New Pope. Sorrentino’s film, made in Rome, stars two lonely plastic figures – one of Pope Francis, the other of Queen Elizabeth II – who flirt while pondering social distancing.
Ladj Ly – Director of Les Misérables (the 2019 fillm version, not to be confused with the musical). Shot in Clichy Montfermeil, France, a drone flies over the town and captures the lockdown’s impact.
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The American actress’ short, filmed in Vermont, stars Peter Sarsgaard as a solitary man trying to maintain life’s simple comforts in the face of a virus that attacks the solar system.
Kristen Stewart – The Twilight star made her film, about a woman suffering insomnia, in Los Angeles.
Gurinder Chadha – The creator of Beecham House shot her film, about a family’s life sheltering in place, in London.
For more, visit Netflix.
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