Interview: Lone Scherfig – Director of “One Day”

Lone Scherfig’s new project “One Day” is a natural follow up to her Academy Award Nominated film “An Education.” Similarly you have to main leads continually, and ever so gradually, conflicting and connecting with each other in a balancing act throughout the film. The film feels like watching someone walk across a tightrope. They ever so slightly lean one way emotionally and it feels like the world may end. Bringing that natural subtle balance on screen is one of the most challenging things in cinema and Lone Scherfig commits herself to it and it shows on screen. We at The Dork were recently honored with the chance to meet Lone and ask her some questions about her new film “One Day”.

Meeting Lone was a dream. She was kind, welcoming, and extremely intellectual. Most directors tend to lead towards a suck up attitude about their films and themes in them however Lone was smart and focused. Her films feel really like an extension of herself and her mentality. Her uprising in Denmark brings a humbleness I’m sure no other director who has worked with Anne Hathaway has ever had. Lone had a lot to say comparing working with Carey Mulligan and Anne Hathaway, two actresses at different moments in their career. Hathaway being a perfectionist and highly experienced actor with a lot riding on every movement she does and Carey being more inexperienced but still has a brilliance about her that many other actors try to reach but never do.

Working with two different actors of different experience

Lone described Anne Hathaway as an actor who would never want to give up on a take unless she thought it was exactly how she envisioned it in her mind. She described how many actors would feel like they were miles away from getting the take they wanted but in fact they were only just a step away from being there. Lone’s creativity was embraced by the studio she worked with, helping make her vision a reality rather than forcing her to make a film that wasn’t true to the book.

Lone Scherfig on Anne Hathaway

Taking the span of 20 years and pushing it into two hours posed a problem creatively that Lone thought of as a challenge when making the film. These two characters share a lifetime together but we only get to see glimpses of it. Whether it be the moment they fall apart, or realize their potential it was a lot of content to squeeze into one film. The medium however was the thing that really helped bring that time together.

Lone on Time in Film

One Day is playing in theaters now (Ritz East in Philadelphia) Go see it!

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