This year alone, Kevin Macdonald has put forth two of his finest cinematic works. Not only has his documentary Life in a Day 2020 just come out, he’s also debuting tomorrow The Mauritanian. The film (reviewed here) is incredibly strong, burning into your soul and driving you to want to make change. So, when an opportunity to speak with Macdonald came up, it was a no-brainer. After all, he’s one of the more underrated directors out there. Macdonald flicks are always rock solid, and as you know by now, this one is no exception. As such, a discussion with him over Zoom was a total pleasure.
Below, you can see my interview with Macdonald. As we talk about the development of the movie, as well as working with the cast (my chat with Tahar Rahim is here and my Jodie Foster conversation drops tomorrow), look at a bit from my praise of the director in my rave review:
Director Kevin Macdonald puts forth some of his best work here. Armed with a solid screenplay from Michael Bronner, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani, Macdonald makes The Mauritanian a portrait of quiet dignity. The way they depict Slahi especially is noteworthy. He’s human and realistic, flaws and all. Especially when Macdonald starts the torture section of the story, you’re properly invested. The second half of the film is where things really get locked in, so you do have to deal with some iffy pacing, but it’s a rather small issue, overall.
Here now is my conversation with The Mauritanian director Kevin Macdonald. Enjoy:
The Mauritanian opens tomorrow and his documentary Life in a Day 2020 is available now on Youtube!