Filmmakers Talk Building Families for Awards Contenders Like ‘Parasite,’ ‘Marriage Story’

  • Variety
Filmmakers Talk Building Families for Awards Contenders Like ‘Parasite,’ ‘Marriage Story’
Many of the most memorable movie families don’t rely on looking alike. Intimate family dramas are testaments to the power of great acting, where sensitivity, emotional perceptiveness and imitation create a bond that resembles the real thing. The directors behind some of 2019’s most acclaimed ensemble-driven films used several strategies to create believable family ties.

Bong Joon Ho, whose “Parasite” depicts an unusual symbiotic relationship between a wealthy family and a poor family in contemporary Seoul, says he often works with photos during the casting process. “Because cinema is a visual medium, I thought that the families should give off a family-like air from first glance,” Bong says.

Bong takes photos of possible actors himself, and also tries arranging existing photos into various formations to create two families of four.

“When we look at family photos in real life, we inexplicably get the sense that they truly are one family,
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