In our conversation Arnaud Desplechin discusses the character of his protagonist in Ismael’s Ghosts: Director’s Cut (Les Fantômes D'Ismaël), starring Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marion Cotillard with Louis Garrel, László Szabó, Alba Rohrwacher, and Hippolyte Girardot. The director reveals the scenes included in the upcoming Magnolia Pictures release for the Us that were not shown at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
We speak about de-whispering with Rilke, suffering with Philip Roth, Jacques Lacan's Seminar VIII in Tel Aviv, loving someone like an apple, the presence of Hitchcock, and a touch of Claude Lanzmann. In dreams the dead return casually, without warning and little fanfare. An old stained looking glass can make you lose an eye and give you freckles.