Two Interviews: Jean-Jacques Annaud and Louis Schwartzberg…

…the directors of Two Brothers and America’s Heart and Soul, respectively.

I’ve been scraping away at the hours for time to write reviews and edit this stuff, and I finally decided to post “almost-there” versions of the interviews, since the films may not be in theatres much longer.

Anyway, I enjoyed both conversations, and I hope they shed some light on the films for you.

Jean-Jacques Annaud

Louis Schwartzberg

Coming soon, my interviews with Patrice Leconte (Man on the Train, Intimate Strangers) and the Chairman of the NEA, Dana Gioia.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Anonymous

    Jeff: I didn’t realize I was a “mild” fan of Annaud until I read your interview with him to realize the body of his work (I have yet to see “Two Brothers”). I really enjoyed Rose & Enemy, although I’ve always felt both fell just short of something, but I haven’t been able to put my finger on it. Maybe it’s Annaud’s ideal that tolerance will ‘fix all things’ kind of belief that creeps out of these movies. Any thoughts or am I way off-base here?

  • Anonymous

    Jeff: I didn’t realize I was a “mild” fan of Annaud until I read your interview with him to realize the body of his work (I have yet to see “Two Brothers”). I really enjoyed Rose & Enemy, although I’ve always felt both fell just short of something, but I haven’t been able to put my finger on it. Maybe it’s Annaud’s ideal that tolerance will ‘fix all things’ kind of belief that creeps out of these movies. Any thoughts or am I way off-base here?


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