Here, Sufjan doesn’t draw any new conclusions about Harding’s story or aim to present her in a different light. Instead, he offers a simple tribute, as just one troubled American singing to another.
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“I wrote two new songs for the film, and when I wrote them I hadn’t seen any footage, so I wasn’t sure how he [Luca] was going to use them at all. I just handed them over and had to trust that he would know what to do. And, of course, having seen all his films, and how masterful he is with music, there was no question in my mind he would be responsible about it.
“I feel like the universe is in charge here, or maybe it’s testament to Luca’s mastery as a director that he is so good at conducting other artists to get the best out of them. I don’t know how he does it but he’s a real prophet in that way. I think he’s an essentialist, but he’s also so technically astute. He has a very keen eye for truth, and you never really question his vision or authority. He’s also a great scholar, and a great film scholar, but you never feel like his knowledge gets in the way of his work.”
New interview with Sufjan about Call Me By Your Name, with some discussion of Carrie & Lowell as well.
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