28th SGIFF: In Conversation | Oh Lucy!
Oh Lucy! tells the story of Setsuko, a middle-aged wallflower who comes out of her shell after falling for her American instructor, John, played by Josh Hartnett. In this bittersweet and funny feature, director Atsuko Hiranayagi examines the idea of what it would be like if the “quiet one” in the family speaks up, or if the shy coworker becomes adventurous, seizing prime opportunities in their lives. We get to know Hiranayagi’s inspiration behind the film, how it was like filming in both Japan and America, and what were the casting auditions like for the colourful characters portrayed in the story.
Atsuko Hirayanagi was born in Nagano and raised in Chiba, Japan. She is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of The Arts with an MFA in Film Production. Her second year project, Mo Ikkai, won the Grand Prix at the 2012 Short Shorts Film Festival in Asia. Her thesis short film, Oh Lucy!, received a First Prize Wasserman Award and also won more than 25 awards around the globe, including prizes at Cannes, Sundance and Toronto film festivals. Oh Lucy! (2017) is the feature-length version of the original short, which had received the 2016 Sundance / NHK Award during development.
Josh Hartnett first burst onto the indie scene in The Virgin Suicides, the critically acclaimed debut film by Sofia Coppola, and shortly thereafter, catapulted into superstardom when he played one of the leading roles in Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor. This was followed by a string of hits as the lead in O., 40 Days & 40 Nights and Black Hawk Down. Hartnett then took a hiatus from Hollywood to focus on his personal life and family, but recently came back into the limelight with his powerful performance in John Logan’s hit television show Penny Dreadful.
In attendance: Director Atsuko Hirayanagi and Cast Shinobu Terajima.
Oh Lucy! will be screened as part of the Special Presentation section on 30 November, 7pm at Marina Bay Sands Grand Theatre.
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