Writer-director Noah Baumbach and actress Jennifer Jason Leigh collaborated on Margot at the Wedding. The film, which has the intimate feel of a home movie yet is razor-sharp in its portrayal of family pathology, stars Leigh and Nicole Kidman as estranged sisters who try to patch up their relationship during a family celebration. In this discussion, following a preview screening, Baumbach and Leigh—who are married—talked about their working relationship and about the relationship between art and life. They also discussed how the production process and style of Eric Rohmer’s films served as inspiration for Margot at the Wedding.
Discussions with creative figures in film, television, and digital media—formerly the Pinewood Dialogues—made possible with a generous grant from the Pannonia Foundation.