Yesterday on July 21, 2014 Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard , Mamie Gummer and Cary Joji Fukunaga hosted a special screening of Tribeca Film's "Very Good Girls." The film will hit theaters in limited release beginning July 25, 2014 and is currently available on VOD & iTunes.
Naomi Foner’s directorial debut tells the story of how honesty between friends can be what keeps a relationship together or what can break it apart. The delicate youthful lives of two young girls comes to a loud, destructive crash when a man comes between them. Nothing will ever be the same when they are put to the test in a war of romance. Performances by Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen are equally enjoyable and believable.
Any young woman who has experienced the testing of a friendship by outside elements and the sheer affect of growing up can relate to this film. The film also features strong supporting performances by Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin, Peter Sarasgaard and Clark Gregg. The engaging soundtrack by Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis also is a crowd pleaser.
Read our exclusive interview with Foner and host Maggie Gyllenhaal, who is also her daughter, below:
What was the inspiration for the film?
There used to be a photograph on the cover of the script that was taken by a friend of mine who is now a photographer in Paris. It was a photograph of a man dancing naked on the Brooklyn Bridge that he took as the sun was coming up the last year he was in high school. He had had a fight with his family. He was walking around all night. He knew he always wanted to be a photographer. He had his camera and this man rode across the bridge, took off all his clothes, put his bike against the side, danced and then rode away.
Somehow that symbolized to me that summer that was a moment of transition, freedom and risk taking that you feel when you are that age. And, I wanted tell that story about young women. I spent my own youth looking for someone to identify with in movies and it was usually a guy. I wanted to have the kind of feisty interesting women who were struggling with real issues that I was looking for. Besides black and white movies with Katharine Hepburn, I could not think of one character that made me feel like "oh, yeah I get that."
This was inspired by female friendships and from their point of view. I wanted the movie to really be about how you cannot have a relationship with anybody without the truth. Friendship depends on telling each other the truth. That is what is really about for me.
How exciting is it to see your mother’s debut?
It is very exciting. I am not surprised that she was able to do this. She is kind of a force of nature. Anyone who knows her would second that I am sure. I think she is probably the first woman to direct her debut film as a grandmother and am looking forward to see what she directs next.
How is it having your husband work with your mom?
I think you have to leave it up to your imagination to be directed by your mother-in-law.
Would you like to be directed by your mom?
Yeah, sure if it were the right thing.
How difficult was the role for you in "Honorable Woman"?
In many ways it was difficult, but it also did give back to me in a way. It was one of those special projects every four or five years in my life that comes along. It really was an unbelievable experience. I have never been more proud of anything.
Your mother’s film is about friendship. What is important to you in a friendship?
I think a real friendship is almost like a marriage. It requires a huge amount of work. There are friends that I have that I see now and then. I try my best to be there for them. But, then there are the couple of real friends. The two or three people you really have to work with and grow with. And growing hurts. You have been through painful times with them. I only have three people like that in my life.
Can you see your mother in the film?
Yes, I do. My mother has a real passion for telling the truth, which is the major theme of this movie.
Additional guests who gathered at the Tribeca Grand Hotel included Lenay Dunn, Hailey Gates, Julia Jones, Kick Kennedy, Elle King, Stephanie LaCava, Tali Lennox, Nanette Lepore, Thomas Matthews, Courtney Reed, and Rosanna Scotto.