VARIETY eSHOW DAILY: Q and A With Saverio Costanzo, Director Of Adam Driver-Starrer ‘Hungry Hearts’
Italian director Saverio Costanzo broke out internationally in 2004 with “Private,” which was set in a Palestinian home in an occupied zone. “Hungry Hearts,” his fourth feature, in competition at Venice and also screening in Toronto, is instead set in New York where Jude (Adam Driver) and Mina (Alba Rohrwacher) fall in love and have a child whom Mina wants to protect from the outside world and its contamination through a nutritional regiment that puts his life in danger. Costanzo spoke about “Hungry Hearts,” a rare case of an Italian pic with a New York indie feel, with Variety’s Nick Vivarelli.
Q:The book is set in Italy, why did you transpose it to the Upper West Side?
A: It seemed impossible for me to set it in Italy. Italian cities are not as violent, but also not as powerful as New York. And the whole food disorder issue: ‘where can I find some good food?’ is easier in Italy. Having lived in New York, where I also felt alone and isolated, like Mina’s character, it was not difficult for me to tap into my, and by extension her, feelings there. In New York you have to perform at a very high level, the pressure is very high. Mina hides in a house and hides her child to the world, and I thought this world had to be an invasive presence. This was the atmosphere I was looking for.
Q: New-age nutritional ways,” natural birthing techniques, different takes on whether children should take anti-biotics, these are all key issues in the film. It’s very current and rather unexplored territory in the movies. Are these the elements that drew you to the story?
A: Mina goes through all these diferent permutations of a certain type of new age phenomenon. First it’s thinking she has an “Indigo” child; then its aquatic birth and a nutritional philosophy. I see characters like these everywhere, they might not make choices that are this radical; but the things in this story take place everywhere.
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