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Interview with Tessa Thompson and Eugene Ashe – Contenders TV – Deadline

Amazon returned for Sylvie’s love when the independent film played Sundance. In many ways, it’s a throwback to the kind of romantic, sun-kissed movies that Hollywood regularly shoots, but with a twist. The one with Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha has two romance-making black lead roles, and apart from less than a handful of films in the 1950s and 1960s where it’s set, which never happened in Hollywood to that time.

Thompson and director-writer-producer Eugene Ashe have joined Deadline’s Contenders Television awards season event to discuss why now is the time to Sylvie’s love.

“You know, I’m a fan, like everyone else, of films from that time, films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and of course, you know, the Douglas Sirk movies, ”Ashe said. “But I think Paris Blues was really the only one that had black runs at all, and if you look at the album covers from that era and watch the music from that era, we were very much in play, but in general when we show that era with black people portrayed in cinema, we mainly focus on the civil rights movement and some kind of trauma or adversity that we were facing.

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“So, you know, the idea was that my family photo albums and the records in my collection all showed a different picture of what black life was like,” he added. “Sure those things were going on, but it would be like we just focus on… we still have Beyoncé and Jay-Z today, you know, even though we have everything going on with George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.” and all of those things. There is a duality to this. if we don’t show the other side, it’s almost a way of erasing ourselves.

Thompson spoke of a particular actress of the time who was a source of inspiration. “I think I’ve had around 50, maybe 47 costume changes, which is the most I’ve had so far, and it’s really a dream come true,” she said. . “I’ve always wanted to make a period film. I didn’t think I could make one, certainly not as romantic and drastic as this one, and Eugene and I talked about Audrey Hepburn because he really wanted the first time you see Sylvie on screen to feel like the first time you see Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which for me in cinematic iconography is one of the unforgettable shining moments. So the great pleasure and the gift of being able to exist in a setting like this with the star treatment is something that is truly a dream, and I am very grateful to Eugene for allowing me to be his main lady. .

Ashe also had some great screen teams in mind. “I mean, it was really all about chemistry. We were researching this kind of classic chemistry from movies like The way we were with Redford and Streisand. I called Nnamdi ‘Chocolate Redford’ and Tessa ‘Cocoa Streisand’, ”he laughs.

Check back on Monday for the panel video.

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