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Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, Kieran Culkin and Zosia Mamet on Todd Solondz’ “Wiener-Dog”

Over a decade after winning the Grand Prize at the Sundance Film Festival with “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” Todd Solondz returned with “Wiener-Dog,” a dramedy about, well, a wiener dog. Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, Kieran Culkin and Zosia Mamet talk about Solondz, the making of the film and say the phrase “wiener dog” a lot in an interview with W Magazine’s Erik Maza from the Acura Studio at the festival.

Released on 1/27/2016

Credits

Starring: Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, Kieran Culkin, and Zosia Mamet
Editor: Erik Maza

Produced by: Emoticon Productions

Transcript

00:02
(guitar music)
00:06
Wiener-Dog, written and directed by Todd Solondz,
00:09
is about this wiener dog,
00:10
(laughs)
00:11
and all the people who own her.
00:14
The ballad of the wiener dog,
00:16
crossing the country,
00:17
and trying to find hope and happiness
00:20
that he can't find
00:21
because no one's happy.
00:22
It's four short movies basically
00:26
that are connected by this
00:28
one wiener dog.
00:30
Ellen Burstyn and I
00:31
are the last vignettes
00:34
of these series of vignettes,
00:35
and I play her
00:37
sort of wayward granddaughter,
00:40
and she has acquired this wiener dog.
00:43
I just saw it for
00:44
the first time last night.
00:46
And, I really, really loved it.
00:48
I was only in my section,
00:50
so I had the pleasure of
00:52
actually watching the movie,
00:55
and I loved it.
00:56
And, I loved all the actors in it.
00:58
I remember my agent called me, he's like,
01:00
Oh, there's a film.
01:00
It's a few scenes, but
01:03
it's this director, Todd Solondz.
01:06
And I was like, what!
01:07
(laughs)
01:08
It's Todd Solondz's movie,
01:09
and that was the selling point
01:11
for me to do it.
01:12
He really does something unique
01:14
with every one of his films.
01:16
And, I think
01:19
that's what makes him so
01:21
great as a director.
01:22
Have you met him?
01:23
Have you talked to him yet?
01:24
He loved the doggie in this movie.
01:26
Now, it's a good little wiener dog.
01:29
And, you're just going to pet it, okay.
01:31
Because there were times
01:31
when we had to keep the dog calm,
01:33
so he is a very calm
01:34
(mumbles)
01:35
The tone of his films,
01:37
and the tone of his humor,
01:38
and the dark sense of humor and stuff.
01:40
It's so much what
01:41
I love about his films.
01:42
This sense that life
01:45
is very unequal and unfair,
01:48
and that yet,
01:49
people find grace in it.
01:50
It's a Todd Solondz movie.
01:51
I think that's the best.
01:53
That's the genre.