New interview, new streaming picks, new Cannes
Interview with award-winner Jacques Audiard (Paris, 13th District) + Help your trusty podcast cover the latest from Cannes
Dear Last Thing I Saw fans,
On this episode of The Last Thing I Saw, I interviewed the director Jacques Audiard, whose movie Paris, 13th District, is now in theaters. I’ve quite liked a number of his other films—especially The Beat That My Heart Skipped, A Prophet, and Rust and Bone—and his latest is an episodic romance about a few characters at pivotal points in their lives, all centered on a particular neighborhood, and filmed in an absolutely sumptuous black-and-white. This was an intriguing chat, partly because I learned that Audiard had a couple of different intentions with the film than I’d anticipated (such as the portrayal of Noémie Merlant’s character).
In case you missed it, I also published an interview with Ramon and Silvan Zürcher, the directors of The Girl and the Spider, which I first saw through the Berlin film festival.
Speaking of festivals, I will be podcasting once again about the Cannes film festival, which last year gave us Drive My Car, Memoria, The Worst Person in the World, The French Dispatch, Ahed’s Knee, Benedetta, Paris, 13th District... the list goes on. The new slate is tantalizing indeed, but… I’ll need your support.
If you’ve been listening to The Last Thing I Saw, now is the time to become a paid subscriber and support my whole podcast thing. I know I make it all sound so easy with my debonair jet-set manner and frequent references to my fleet of powerful sports cars and trained cheetahs.
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That’s all for now. Thanks as always for listening and reading!
NEW PODCAST NOTES
Jacques Audiard on Paris, 13th District (Episode 113)
Jacques Audiard is the director of A Prophet, Rust and Bone, The Beat That My Heart Skipped, and other films. His latest movie, Paris, 13th District, is in theaters now.
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THIS CRITIC’S PICKS
Delectable selections for home viewing.
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (Criterion)
Only Lovers Left Alive (HBO MAX)
The Last Detail (HBO MAX)
Miami Blues (Amazon)
Los Reyes (MUBI)
Here I may end with a song.
Welcome to The Last Thing I Saw! I’m your host, Nicolas Rapold.
Besides hosting a podcast, I’m a writer and an editor. My features, interviews, festival dispatches, and reviews are published in The New York Times, Sight & Sound, Artforum, Filmmaker, and W Magazine (and appeared in dearly departed publications such as The Village Voice, Stop Smiling, The New York Sun, and The L Magazine).
I worked as editor-in-chief of Film Comment, where I was for 15 years. I assigned and edited both web and print editorial, hosted its podcast and talks and screenings, learned from brilliant writers, curated Film Comment Selects, and wrote a lot, including interviews with Spike Lee, Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, and Frederick Wiseman. Film Comment was subsequently awarded the Film Heritage Award by the National Society of Film Critics (an honor historically awarded to the Museum of Modern Art and other institutions).
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