The thriller Stoker, starring Nicole Kidman, opens in select theaters tonight. Kidman talked to the press about why she signed on to do the film.
It was the combination of the cast and the film being spearheaded by director Park Chan-wook. I knew his films and really wanted to work with him, the combination of this script with his direction would be really unusual…I’m not sure what genre it fits into, it’s hard to define it but I was amazed at the filmmaking. You don’t see that kind of filmmaking that often.
This is South Korean filmmaker Chan-wook’s first English feature. His previous work, includes fan favorite, Oldboy. Kidman thought the biggest challenge working on the film might be the language barrier and made sure to clarify everything. Chan-wook based the communication on emotions.
Actors are professionals who deal with peoples emotions. Working with this very intelligent and smart cast meant that sometimes you would only have to speak a word and they would immediately catch on to what I wanted. I really felt that it wasn’t an issue.
Stoker premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year and early reviews were very favorable. The Hollywood Reporter called it “one of the most artful chillers in ages.”
Kidman’s no stranger to thrillers or playing off-beat mothers. She was nominated for a BAFTA and Golden Globe for her portrayal of protective mother Grace Stewart in the eerie horror mystery The Others. Kidman also worked with a foreign filmmaker on this film, Alejandro Amenabar, who is from Spain, and it was also his first English feature film. Amenabar talked about working with Kidman.
When I met Nicole the first time, the first thing that appealed to me and impressed me was her eyes. The director of photography, Javier Aguirresarobe, and I were very, very focused on her eyes. We wanted to see those eyes on the screen. In order to transmit something to the audience we wanted to play with very simple elements. In horror movies today it’s lots of fast cut shot and lots of loud noises on the soundtrack. I tried to do the opposite. Playing with silence for instance. Silence is very important in this film.