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    [–] Hi, I'm Ari Aster, writer/director of Midsommar. AMA! Ari_Aster 662 points ago in movies

    Some last minute additions (still forgetting so many)...

    Haigh (45 Years) Verhoeven (Starshio Troopers and Black Book) Eggers (The Lighthouse) Haneke (Cache) Maddin (Brand Upon the Brain and My Winnipeg) Jodorowsky (Santa Sangre) Porumboiu (12:80 East of Budapest) Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern) Jiang Wen (Devils on the Doorstep) Zhanke (The World) Tsai Ming Liang (The River) Neil Jordan (The Butcher Boy)

    I'm forgetting so many still...

    [–] Hi, I'm Ari Aster, writer/director of Midsommar. AMA! Ari_Aster 201 points ago in movies

    1. Maybe. I'd need to return to it and polish it before trying to publish it.
    2. Some favorite authors... JG Ballard, John Berger, PG Wodehouse, Fernando Pessoa, George Saunders, John Barth, Elfreide Jelinek, Georges Bataille, Kafka, Woolf, Adorno, Calvino, Albee, Lispector, Ishiguro, Mishima, Tennessee Williams, Kobo Abe, Lydia Davis, Walter Benjamin, Henry James, Terry Southern, Jack Handey, etc etc.

    [–] Hi, I'm Ari Aster, writer/director of Midsommar. AMA! Ari_Aster 1999 points ago in movies

    I've been writing scripts since I was in junior high. I even attended dozens of screenwriting conferences through my teen years. I probably didn't write anything that I'd now consider halfway "worthy" until my last year of college, although there are ideas/scenes/images in the early scripts that might have something...

    [–] Hi, I'm Ari Aster, writer/director of Midsommar. AMA! Ari_Aster 648 points ago in movies

    "The Wailing," The VVitch," "Let the Right One In"...

    [–] Hi, I'm Ari Aster, writer/director of Midsommar. AMA! Ari_Aster 789 points ago in movies

    I wouldn't want to explain anything there. That said, I agree with you. I absolutely do not feel that the film's thesis is "lucky Americans, stay in America."

    [–] Hi, I'm Ari Aster, writer/director of Midsommar. AMA! Ari_Aster 1541 points ago in movies

    Thank you very much. I'm honestly just following my instincts when it comes to pacing and storytelling. I'm incredibly grateful that there's an audience for it. I've been hugely fortunate in that I've been given the resources and creative freedom to make these films, and that I've been given the opportunity to collaborate with such fantastic artists.

    [–] Hi, I'm Ari Aster, writer/director of Midsommar. AMA! Ari_Aster 829 points ago in movies

    With Colin (on "Hereditary"), we communicated daily through email. It was a great collaboration, albeit a remote one. I'm incredibly proud of Colin's score and it was a thrill to work with him. One of my heroes.

    With Bobby, we tried working over email, but found that it didn't work for us. I then flew to LA to work with him at his home and we worked together in person for the composition of most of the score. We had a fantastic rapport and it was an incredibly fluid and fruitful process.

    I love them both and found both collaborations EXTREMELY fulfilling.

    [–] Hi, I'm Ari Aster, writer/director of Midsommar. AMA! Ari_Aster 739 points ago in movies

    I'm big on outlines now, but I used to let the story take me where it will.

    [–] Hi, I'm Ari Aster, writer/director of Midsommar. AMA! Ari_Aster 1139 points ago in movies

    I was very unhappy that the script leaked before the film's release. That said, I'd be happy to have people read the script AFTER watching the movie. There's a lot that has been cut for time and I'm proud of the script.

    [–] Hi, I'm Ari Aster, writer/director of Midsommar. AMA! Ari_Aster 221 points ago in movies

    Ooh. That one's tough. Right now...maybe "Imitation of Life" by Douglas Sirk.

    [–] Hi, I'm Ari Aster, writer/director of Midsommar. AMA! Ari_Aster 1267 points ago in movies

    1. Head trauma will ALWAYS have a place in my films.
    2. Animal movies.

    [–] Hi, I'm Ari Aster, writer/director of Midsommar. AMA! Ari_Aster 2396 points ago in movies

    I'm in Austin right now, so thinking about BBQ.

    [–] Hi, I'm Ari Aster, writer/director of Midsommar. AMA! Ari_Aster 2487 points ago in movies

    I'm going to forget a bunch...

    Roy Andersson (Song from the Second Floor)

    Lee Chang-dong (Secret Sunshine)

    Chris Morris (Jam)

    Lucrecia Martel (Headless Woman)

    Coens (A Serious Man)

    Scorsese (recently, Silence)

    Linklater (Before Sunset)

    Mike Leigh (Another Year)

    Lynch (Mulholland Dr)

    Ruben Ostlund (Play)

    Gotz Spielmann (Revanche)

    James Grey (The Immigrant)

    Jonathan Glazer (Birth)

    Bong Joon-ho (Memories of Murder)

    Kenneth Lonergan (Margaret director's cut)

    Cronenberg (Dead Ringers)

    Albert Brooks (Defending Your Life)

    PTA (Phantom Thread)

    Jang Jonn-hwan (Save the Green Planet)

    Lanthimos (Killing of a Sacred Deer)

    Park Chan-Wook (Thirst)

    Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here)

    Hong Sangsoo (Woman on the Beach)

    Soderbergh (The Knick and Beyond the Candelabra)

    Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir)

    Zvyagintsev (Loveless)

    Brad Bird (Ratatouille)

    Apichatpong Weerasthakul (Tropical Malady)

    Patricio Guzman (Nostalgia for the Light)

    Hirokazu Kore-eda (Still Walking)

    Malick (The New World)

    Spielberg (A.I.)

    Miike (Visitor Q)

    Safties (Good Time)

    Bujalski (Computer Chess)

    Almodovar (Volver)

    Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz)

    Paul Schrader (Mishima)

    Spike Jonze (Being John Malcovich)

    Kaufman (Synecdoche, NY)

    Gus Van Sant (Elephant)

    Jackie Chan (Police Story)

    Palfi (Taxidermia)

    Puiu (Death of Mr Lazarescu)

    Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata)

    Mungiu (Beyond the Hills)

    Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia)]

    Kusturica (Underground)

    There are so, so many more