Friday, 11/15/2019

Meet the Filmmakers: DISTANCE

Interview with director Grace Swee

Meet the Filmmakers: DISTANCE

Director Grace Swee


What would be the teaser text for your film DISTANCE?

While trying to sell their family home, Eileen's mother's spirit returns to ensure everything remains the same, leading her to face a profound truth of their intertwined lives.

Where does the inspiration for your film come from?

My inspiration comes from reflecting on the push and pull of families. There is a struggle to remain close and intimate, yet in that place called home, one also finds the need for some distance. It's as if: "I love you better with a distance between us." It's quite a sad revelation when you think about it... but it is an authentic and fragile way most relationships play out in this perhaps broken world.

Which three people from film and television would you like to spend an evening with? Why? And what are you doing?

Spike Jonze: I loved his film HER! It was one of those films that really delivered so much food for thought. After watching, I had this deep desire to sit and talk about the themes in the film.

Lulu Wang & Justin Chon: Both Lulu and Justin are Asian-American filmmakers I respect because they have carved out a place for themselves to tell stories that are specific to their own journeys and yet also universal to the Asian (American) community.

For these three filmmakers, I would love to hear about how they come up with stories and pursue the stories they want to tell. Hearing about their writing process would also be very interesting! I expect we would go out for a really nice meal together and have some great conversation.

For which film would you like to shoot the sequel?

Any of the Narnia sequels not yet filmed; a sequel of HER.

What is your favourite film - officially and secretly?



What was your favorite film festival experience so far?

S.E. Asian Film Lab

Keyword "Munich". What comes to your mind first?

German sausages...