Shoplifters | Film Q+A

Director Hirokazu Kore-eda discusses Shoplifters, his Palme d'Or-winning film about a family who takes a young girl into their care. Learn what draws him to films about families and hear his surprisingly simple tip for being an incredibly prolific filmmaker! More excellent moments from the interview below.

The inspiration for Shoplifters

When I finished filming [Like Father Like Son], it made me think about the family and what ties family together.

What does it mean when we say we're connected by blood? Kore-eda says he became preoccupied by this question after finishing another heartwrenching family drama in Like Father Like Son.

A director's distance

I try not to make any judgement on any of the characters I portray.

Beyond situating them in context, Kore-eda tries to dispassionately reveal his characters to the audience, remaining carefully neutral in the background himself.

Growing as a filmmaker

Kore-eda says that his perspective started out as that of a child, looking for a parental figure in his films. Once his parents passed away and he had children of his own, he began to make films from the perspective of the parent.

The way you look at the family changes as the point of view changes.

Making the sacrifice for his perfect look

Using 35mm film was a priority for Kore-eda when shooting Shoplifters. Why?

What we lose by choosing 35mm is money, but what we gain is poetry.