Yorgos Lanthimos on the “love” and “suffering” of directing films

Making art has long been synonymous with suffering. And that doesn’t get any easier when you do it on the biggest stage.

Making movies is hard, but the reason we keep coming back to it is because we love the process and sometimes the finished product. It stays the same on all levels and it also feels like a universal truth when directed.

A few years ago, Yorgos Lanthimos sat down with the Hollywood Reporter to talk about his film The favourite and his experiences with directing. Check out the video below and let’s talk after the jump!

I’ve always hated the myth that you have to suffer to create amazing art, but I’ve never managed to have a certain amount of agony in every shot on set. And while writing the script, another amount goes into building the story.

It’s nice to know that others feel the same when you look at such a round table of directors. In the video, Lanthimos talks about how all ideas come from a love of storytelling. But you go back and forth from this love to suffering by creating it at a rapid pace.

You love the idea but it’s hard to write it. You love the finished script, but shooting days are tough. They love the daily newspapers, but then it is almost impossible to edit them together. This is the suffering process for any director working on a new idea.

This type of stress can be devastating, but the best course of action is to just keep your head down and accomplish these goals one at a time. There is no quick path to success. Treat the problems as they come. Sure, you might wake up a year later with the answer you need, but making your days is a beginning and then figuring out a way to put together the movie of your dreams is the end.

Who else has good advice for directors? Let us know in the comments how you deal with love and suffering.

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