Some quick takes from today’s Sarasota Film Festival Tribute Luncheon, held at the Sarasota Yacht Club: Suzanne Clement, French-Canadian actress, on receiving her World Cinema Award for her work in the fest’s Laurence Anyways: “I just came from doing a movie in Vancouver, where it was cold and the role was demanding. To wake up in front of the ocean today was a blessing for me.” (As far as the clip from the movie, which shows her character exploding in anger in a restaurant: “I’m not like that.”)
Mickey Sumner, receiving the Breakthrough Performer Award for Frances Ha: “I hope I break through in all my movies and future projects. Thanks to the luminous Greta Gerwig [the film’s star] and to the genius of director Noah Baumbach.”
Griffin Dunne, returning to acting after focusing on direction, in the film The Discoverers, as he picked up his award: “I’m not going back carry-on.” Also: “It’s such a pleasure to go back to acting with such a wonderful part. I’m grateful to [director] Justin Schwarz for sending it my way.”
Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA; American Dream; Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing), accepting the Director Award (she also directed the festival’s Running from Crazy): “I always try to make my films as if the camera’s not there. I’m so happy that Sarasota is showing our film, and was so happy making it with Mariel [Hemingway]. I believe in documentaries, and that they can inspire people to talk, to act and to debate.”
Lili Taylor, receiving the Career Achievement Award: “I got another award recently at a Maine festival, and it was a moose. This will look very nice next to my moose.”
Mariel Hemingway, who teared up accepting the Impact Award (co-presented by the Gulf Coast Chapter of UN Women) and talking about her famous family: “Barbara [Kopple] pushed me into speaking about what I’d never said out loud. I hope that encourages other people to speak out about their own problems. I loved my family, and they were very crazy. They weren’t bad; there’s no one bad in this story. It’s just that human beings have such a hard time being good, and making the right choices. I did this so my daughters don’t have to feel what has been called ‘the Hemingway curse.’ This film has broken that curse.”
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