How actress Maggie Gyllenhaal became a director

Posted Tuesday 07 Dec 2021

How actress Maggie Gyllenhaal became a director

It took playing a woman who is empowered by becoming a film director in HBO series The Deuce for actress Maggie Gyllenhaal to imagine becoming one herself, writes IndieWire's Anne Thompson. As soon as she did, after binging the books of Elena Ferrante from My Brilliant Friend to The Days of Abandonment, Gyllenhaal was inspired to take the plunge. 

And this year, Gyllenhaal went from watching 24 films on the jury at Cannes to taking The Lost Daughter (December 17, Netflix) to Venice, where she won Best Screenplay. More accolades followed at Telluride, where we spoke, and at the Gothams (four awards including Best Feature and Lead Performance for Olivia Colman) and the New York Film Critics Circle (Best First Film). The Lost Daughter has awards momentum.

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Image: Olivia Colman and Maggie Gyllenhaal promoting The Lost Daughter at the Venice Film Festival 2021.