Todd Haynes sees ‘Wonderstruck’ as a gift to a new generation
Filmmaker Todd Haynes enters new and exhilarating territory with his latest film, Wonderstruck.
Based on the young-adult book by gay author and illustrator Brian Selznick, Wonderstruck tells two seemingly unrelated stories, 50 years apart.
One, shot in black and white and set in 1927, is about Rose (Millicent Simmonds), a young, deaf girl obsessed with silent movies (and one actress in particular). Her world is about to change dramatically with the birth of the talkies.
The other story, shot in color and set in 1977, deals with Ben. Following the sudden death of his mom, Ben embarks on a journey to New York where he attempts to track down the father he never met.
WiG spoke with Haynes in October.
It means everything to me. That’s why I made the film. I wanted this to be a special gift to kids today, and be a film that embraced kids making things with their hands, building little buildings. Ideally, kids getting off their phones and doing things that we all did as kids that I think kids still do. Having glue and tape, and marker stains on their fingers (laughs), and wanting to make things. In the stories of both kids, those creative practices and hobbies and interests are the very things that take them through life and let them figure out who they are and get to where they need to be.
Director Todd Haynes on the set of