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A family film in a different sense as ‘Krisha’ hits Cannes
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STORY: When American director Trey Edward Shults decided to direct his first feature film “Krisha”, he turned to those he could most rely on to get it made – his family.
The film is based on stories that have happened to his family over the years and it stars numerous family members, including his mother, Robyn Fairchild and his aunt, Krisha Fairchild, who plays the titular role.
“Krisha” sees the troubled character return to her family after years away for Thanksgiving, hoping to make amends for her previous behavior.
Shults explained his reasoning for calling on his nearest and dearest, saying: “I knew that was the only way I was going to make this movie because it’s so personal and telling that personal family story literally with family members, shooting in my mum’s house in nine days. That’s the way we had to do it and I think that’s what made the movie special. I wouldn’t have done it any other way.”
“My girlfriend and her mum were the caterers, all the actors were friends, the crew were friends, everybody felt it was really special and it felt like the most fun anyone had ever had making a movie and at the same time it might be the best thing any of those people have worked on, so there was a special energy,” he added.
And the energy was noticed by critics and audiences alike, receiving glowing reviews and picking up the prestigious Grand Jury Award at SXSW (South by South West) film festival.
“Krisha” centers on Krisha Fairchild, who had hopes as a young woman of being a Hollywood star, has been heaped with praise for her role as an addict. The Hollywood Reporter described her performance as “riveting and grows ever more compelling as the brilliantly off-center story unwinds.”
The film is showing in the Critics Week selection at the Cannes Film Festival and has been picked up for distribution by U.S. distributor A24 while at the festival.