White Bird in a Blizzard is the latest film from Gregg Araki, the same director who gave us Mysterious Skin, The Doom Generation and Smiley Face. It’s another excellent effort from the talented filmmaker and stars Shailene Woodley in what could be her best role to date.
The young actress steps into the part of Kat Connor, a 17-year-old girl who is just discovering her sexuality for the first time when her mother Eve (Eva Green) disappears without a trace. At first, she shows little concern over the disappearance, as the family household has long since become a very repressed one, and her father Brock (Christopher Meloni) looks to be at a complete loss in dealing with this frightening situation. But, as time goes on, Kat comes to realize how deeply affected she was by her mother suddenly vanishing and becomes obsessed with finding out the truth behind the disappearance.
Last week, during the press day for White Bird in a Blizzard, I landed an exclusive interview with Araki, Woodley and Meloni, and we spoke about what went into the making of this fantastic movie. Araki discussed the different stylistic choices he made use of, Woodley talked about what’s most important to her in playing a teenager and Meloni described the challenges in portraying such an emotionally repressed human being.
Check it out in the video above and be sure to catch White Bird in a Blizzard as soon as you can, as it’s a seriously good film and features a stunning performance from Woodley. For more on what we thought of it, you can check out our very own Isaac Feldberg’s full-length review.