Sheltered Filmmaking

(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.

The project was produced and coordinated by Lorenzo Mieli, CEO of The Apartment, and Juan de Dios Larraín and Pablo Larraín of Fabula.

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.

Peter Sarsgaard in Homemade on Netflix
(Above: Peter Sarsgaard. Source: YouTube video)

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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