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Ryan Piers Williams’ interwoven story of couples facing relationship difficulties, X/Y, has been playing the international festival circuit debuting at Tribeca and going on to show at Seattle and Edinburgh. Thn caught up with Williams, who also stars in the film alongside real-life wife America Ferrera, and his co-star to talk about the making of the movie.
Hi guys, welcome to Edinburgh. How have you found the experience of showing the film at festivals; both in the States and in the UK?
America Ferrera: Last time we were here we got to explore more of the city and go out and see some beautiful parts of the country – Edinburgh is so enchanting! »
- Victoria Bull
★★★☆☆Ryan Piers Williams returns to Edinburgh with his sophomore feature as director (following 2010's The Dry Land) with X/Y (2014), a largely insightful and refreshing portrayal of relationships between several thirtysomethings in New York. Beginning with the break-up of Mark (Williams) and Sylvia (America Ferrara), played with an economy of dialogue by the two convincing leads, the film's cast of characters then expands beyond the central couple to their two friends, with a structure that gives equal weight to all four in sections titled by name; 'Mark', 'Jen', 'Jake' and 'Sylvia'. Communication is key between each of the characters and the lack thereof in Mark and Sylvia's relationship is seen as the cause of its collapse.
- CineVue UK
X/Y is the second feature collaboration for the couple – Ferrera starred in Williams’ directorial debut The Dry Land (2010) – but Williams said that he was surprised by Ferrera’s desire to play Sylvia, the film’s lead character.
“I didn’t write the role with her in mind, and I didn’t know whether I wanted to cast her, honestly. When America expressed interest in playing the role, I was really surprised and excited by that,” Williams told EW.
Ferrera added that, at first lead, she didn't like Sylvia, nor did she have any desire to play her.
"I judged her and I didn't like her. But I realized that if someone wrote the facts of the worst things I've done in my life, I might not come off as likeable. »
“I didn’t write the role with her in mind, and I didn’t know whether I wanted to cast her, honestly,” says Williams of his second feature film, following 2010’s The Dry Land. “When America expressed interest in playing the role, I was really surprised and excited by that.”
Ferrera — who recently starred in biopic Chavez – adds that when her husband of nearly three years »
- Nina Terrero
Ryan Piers Williams currently lives in NYC and started making films when he was 12 years old in El Paso, Texas. Upon graduation he worked for Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney on several productions including "Ocean's 12," "Good Night and Good Luck," "The Good German," and "Ocean's 13." He wrote and directed "The Dry Land" (Sundance 2010), and "Kilimanjaro" (SXSW 2013). "X/Y" is his second feature.Biggest challenge in completing the film? I wrote, directed, produced, and acted in X/Y. The biggest challenge I faced in making the film was to perform all of my duties without sacrificing the integrity of the project. It required me to be extremely prepared and exercise a great deal of discipline - while at the same time being flexible and willing to embrace the imperfections in the process. I was also very fortunate to have a seasoned team of producers, crew, and actors who were very »
America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, Ryan Piers Williams, Melonie Diaz and Common explore the difficulties of falling in love and in lust in modern day New York City in “X/Y.” The steamy drama will make its worldwide debut at the Tribeca Film Festival this month, where it will compete in the world narrative category. It's written and directed by Piers Williams, Ferrera's husband. The couple previously worked together on the 2010 indie drama “The Dry Land.” It also reunites Ferrera with Tamblyn, her co-star from “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” Also read: 21 Summer Movies We're Dying to See – From ‘Transformers 4' to. »
- Brent Lang
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