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“I Sneak Out One Evening…”: Joachim Trier on the City as Empty Soundstage

In April, as we began to put together the Summer, 2020 issue of Filmmaker, we asked directors, cinematographers, editors and other film workers to send us their thoughts on the quarantine and their own creative lives. The responses printed here were collected from April through mid-June — personal statements that speak variously to individual filmmaking practices, films halted mid-production, politics, art and life. Read all the responses here. — Editor

I sneaked out one evening, walking around my city, Oslo, where I was supposed to start filming in April. Passing through the empty streets of my actual locations, it felt like an empty studio ready for us… waiting. 

Joachim Trier is the director of Thelma, Louder than Bombs and Oslo, August 31st.

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