Magazine article Screen International

Gabriela Pichler, Eat Sleep Die

Magazine article Screen International

Gabriela Pichler, Eat Sleep Die

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Swedish director Gabriela Pichler makes her debut with Eat Sleep Die, which was awarded in Venice.

After being lauded in Venice (where it won an audience prize) and Toronto, the film screened this week at the Zurich Film Festival.

You yourself once worked in a factory when you were younger, did that experience help with how you approached this story?

Yes of course, at that time I was very far away from film making, and just dreaming about it. So from an early point I wanted to make a film out of my perspective, the girl standing by the assembly line packing stuff that other people will eat (in my case cookies in paper boxes).

So much of this film is dependent on your lead actress, how did you find her and how did you know she was right for the role?

I new from the first line I wrote that this person we needed to find for the main role would have to be something really special. To be able to identify with the character, her struggles, feeling what kind of story I would like to tell, how the character talks and walks, and like me going in and out of different cultural identities. …

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