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Maria Schrader – She Said  #TFF40

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“A film about the journalists and all the women who stood up to tell their stories”: Maria Schrader on She Said’s essential drive and focus.

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PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Maria Schrader, director of the film She Said.

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At the 40th Torino Film Festival, Maria Schrader presents She Said, the film starring Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan, about the New York Times investigative reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey who, on Oct. 5, 2017 broke a page-one story that shook the entertainment industry and reverberated throughout the country: “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades.” Maria Schrader confirms that the main drive of the film has always been to make it about the journalists and and all the women who stood up to tell their stories.

She Said:  Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. A testament to the incalculable importance of investigative journalism, She Said details the journey of reporters and editors engaged in the unrelenting pursuit of the truth and highlights the courage of survivors and witnesses who chose to come forward to stop an accused serial predator from committing further harm. Together, their commitment and fortitude sparked a global conversation, helped propel the #MeToo movement, and fueled a reckoning of the system that had enabled him. At its heart, She Said is an inspiring true story about people, many of them women, many of them mothers, who summoned the courage to speak out and seek justice, not just for themselves but for those in the future, both in the U.S. and around the globe. The film is a compelling, moving reminder of the power of individual people, armed with determination and grit, to, together, change the world.

The film costars Oscar ® nominee PATRICIA CLARKSON (Shutter Island, Pieces of April) as New York Times then assistant managing editor Rebecca Corbett, Emmy winner ANDRE BRAUGHER (Homicide: Life on the Street, Thief) as New York Times then executive editor Dean Baquet, Tony winner JENNIFER EHLE (Zero Dark Thirty, Pride and Prejudice) as former Miramax employee Laura Madden, with Academy Award ® nominee SAMANTHA MORTON (Minority Report, In America) as former Miramax employee Zelda Perkins and Emmy and Golden Globe nominee ASHLEY JUDD (Double Jeopardy, Bug) as herself.

She Said is directed by Emmy winner MARIA SCHRADER (I’m Your Man, Unorthodox limited series) from a screenplay by REBECCA LENKIEWICZ, screenwriter of the Oscar ® winning film Ida. The film is produced by Academy Award ® winners DEDE GARDNER and JEREMY KLEINER for Plan B Entertainment and is executive produced by Oscar ® winner.

She Said Production Information: BRAD PITT and LILA YACOUB and by Oscar ® nominee MEGAN ELLISON and SUE NAEGLE for Annapurna Pictures. The film’s artistic team includes director of photography NATASHA BRAIER (The Neon Demon), production designer MEREDITH LIPPINCOTT (Never Rarely Sometimes Always) and costume designer BRITTANY LOAR (A Quiet Place Part II). The film is edited by HANSJÖRG WEIßBRICH (I’m Your Man) and the music is by three-time Oscar ® nominee and frequent Plan B collaborator NICHOLAS BRITELL (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk, Don’t Look Up).

  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Maria Schrader
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    She Said
  • Festival section
    Out of Competition
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