Berlin International Film Festival

Ira Sachs talks about his latest film “Little Men” #Berlinale2016

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A story about children from an adult’s perspective.

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PODCAST: FRED’s Chiara Nicoletti interviews Ira Sachs, director of Little Men from the 66th Berlinale.

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Filmmaker Ira Sachs returns to FRED’s airwaves to talk about his latest film Little Men, from the Generation K plus section of the 66th Berlinale. Sachs reveals how he could never work on something he hasn’t somehow personally experienced. Love is Strange was born out of a moment in which he was reflecting of long term relationships. Little Men comes from a time in his life when he finds himself more focused and devoted on his children and his husband.

Sachs comments on his casting choices and how he chose Paulina Garcia after literally falling in love with her at the 2012 Berlinale, when he watched her in the film Gloria by Sebastian Lelio. To cite Sachs’ words, “Paulina is a natural artist, her performane is an elevated form of naturalism.”

LITTLE MEN: Summer in Brooklyn. Jake’s parents have just moved into the house that used to belong to his grandfather. Tony’s mother has been renting the shop on the ground floor forever. The two 13-year-olds quickly discover their shared interest in art, computer games and girls. Together, they dream of transferring to the renowned La Guardia High School in the autumn. Soon they become allies, not only against the other boys on the block, but also when it comes to the rent dispute between their parents. Attempting to stem the inexorable effect the adult world is having on their genuine friendship, they stage a headstrong protest. Once again renowned Indie director Ira Sachs intuitively explores the family and moral conflicts with emotional depth.


  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Ira Sachs
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Little Men
  • Festival section
    Generation K plus
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