Ari aster. Midsommar director Ari Aster: 'I often cling to dead things'

‘Midsommar’ explained: The filmmakers unpack the sex, rituals and shocking ending

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The following summer Dani learns that Christian and his friends Mark and Josh have been invited by their Swedish friend Pelle to attend a celebration at Pelle's ancestral commune, the Hårga, in. Ari: I think it's a girl or a little boy gets on a snowman's back, and flies through the world. And, yeah, what were your early influences? A possessed Annie then chases him into the attic, which is decorated with occult imagery. There were times on set that I had to just walk to a corner and cry, which I probably shouldn't admit. People love to deify these filmmakers, and say they came up with this, and nobody had done anything like this before, but I think there's something to be said about filmmakers being in dialogue with other filmmakers. And I think as you continue to become yourself more, as someone who creates work, that sense of self emerges more.

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‘Hereditary’ Twist: Ari Aster Created the Most Shocking Film Moment

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Robert: Yeah, and I also thought I saw an embroidered Elizabethan coif. When we were making Hereditary, again, I made my cinematographer, Pawel Pogorzelski, who is also one of my best friends. And then when we would go on family trips to colonial Williamsburg, and Plimouth Plantation, things that a lot of people thought maybe were boring, I fucking loved it. And then beyond that, there was a Swedish consultant on the film, Martin Karlqvist, who is just the best guy ever. We had to build this entire village in just over two months. It's going to feel a little Bergman-y, right? Ari: But, hey, it's a free country.

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Ari Aster on Midsommar: ‘I Really Don’t Know What I’ve Done’

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Rather, it's an admirably strange, thematically muddled curiosity from a talented filmmaker who allows his ambitions to outpace his execution. The next day, Dani is coerced into taking more psychedelic drugs and participating in a dancing competition. In its second weekend the film dropped just 49. I can't remember even what the story was, but I just remember that it bugged me. Aster was racing to finish the film for its initial screenings just a few weeks ahead of release and almost immediately began doing extensive interviews.

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Beau (2011)

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I'm sure I made associations subconsciously that then enhanced everything. The incident strains Dani's relationship with her already emotionally-distant boyfriend Christian Hughes, a graduate student. As Peter speeds down the highway, Aster unleashes a masterclass in shock cinema. But, yeah, it's a horror movie. And before we move on from that, I also want to mention Lars Knudsen, my producer, who I met on Hereditary that was definitely. After graduating in 2008, Aster was accepted Into the 2010 class of fellows at the illustrious graduate program where he earned a with a focus in Directing.

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Beau (2011)

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Writing for , gave the film 3. And that was super gratifying. In 2004, Aster enrolled at in where he studied film. That really bothered me in a deep, deep way. Robert: Well, that's why we get along, buddy. Maybe that's not scary, but that's certainly— Ari: It's awesome.

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In ‘Midsommar,’ Silent White Supremacy Shrieks Volumes

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Robert: Speaking of which, we have a goal, which is we're trying to orient this discussion around the work of Ingmar Bergman. After Mark unwittingly urinates on an ancestral tree and incites the fury of the cult, he is lured away by a female member to whom he had previously mentioned he was attracted. Ari: I'm being told that it's time to wrap it up. Because clearly you have this real fascination with bygone eras. It feels a little sycophantic talking about A24 on the A24 podcast, but they are incredible. Robert: Well, I think I could've. Robert: I think we're all derivative in the beginning, and I remember seeing some Picasso exhibit in my 20s, being really happy to see that after his academic, what we would call photorealistic, period, that then he was just painting like any other impressionist before he became.

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Hereditary (film)

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And Nolan is just great and whatever, but you know, I had the taste of a fucking dilettante. Annie shows Steve her mother's body and the sketchbook. Ari: It's so beautiful, so beautifully done, and really funny. People would always say that it's Bergman-esque, which would really piss him off because he said that this has nothing to do with Bergman films. You could put a lot of that on his collaboration with Sven Nykvist, but even when he was making films with Gunnar Fischer, it's there. I don't think it's where you're living now, but I saw your little punishment room filled with books.

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Midsommar Director Ari Aster Eyes ‘Zonky Nightmare Comedy’ Next

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And that was really great because once we dove into pre-production, we had no time. And many of the cliffs are now historic sites for everyone to see. And, of course, that film we shot on Alexa, and for anamorphic, because the sensor is four-three, and we were using these old lenses. The scene is unnerving and darkly funny; its intricate choreography akin to that of a musical number. Midsommar is now playing in theaters, get your tickets! Not saying take down an artist's movie. I made him watch Persona, just because I think those are the most beautiful closeups I'd ever seen in a film.

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