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Far North: Asif Kapadia interview

Far North: Asif Kapadia interview

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Asif Kapadia on his icy drama Far North starring Sean Bean, and how Mother Nature can interfere with your filmmaking plans...

Given that a number of different companies invested in Far North, Kapadia was able to retain creative control. But as he tells us in an interview at the BFI Southbank, he did not anticipate how Mother Nature would interfere with his plans...

Making your first feature film is triumph enough, but few could hope for the reception that Asif Kapadia got when he released The Warrior in 2001. His debut feature, which follows a lone soldier across the Indian desert, earned him two BAFTA Awards for Most Promising Newcomer and Best British Film. A phone call from Martin Scorsese to congratulate him on his achievement, was icing on the cake. It was no surprise when Hollywood producers began circling, but five years passed before Kapadia signed on the dotted line for spooky thriller The Return (2006) starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. It was a critical and commercial flop...

Michelle Yeoh and Asif Kapadia on the set of Far North.

Michelle Yeoh and Asif Kapadia on the set of Far North.

After his nightmare Hollywood experience the Hackney-born director insisted that he would never again take on a project where he didn't have final cut. Thankfully, in the years following The Warrior, he had also been working on the script for Far North with his co-writer Tim Miller. Michelle Yeoh and Sean Bean headline this wonderfully eerie tale of an Eskimo woman whose life on the Tundra is turned upside down by the arrival of a handsome stranger. The icy landscape is as much a character in the story as the two leads, and along with Eastern drama The Warrior, will form part of a quartet of films representing each point on the compass.

Far North is released in UK cinemas on Friday 26th December 2008

Text: Stella Papamichael Video: Steve Bailey. | Published 23rd December 08

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