After.Life director Agnieszka Wowtjovic-Vosloo [Rebroadcast]
January 5, 2011, 4:49 pm
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Agnieszka is a challenging person. Which is to say, not difficult, but possessing a pronounced thrill for challenge. Not just personal challenge, she is a challenging person in that she makes a point to challenge those she comes in contact with and, importantly, her audience. From the time Zoe and I started the interview (after we learned how to say her name) Agnieszka persistently turned the questions back on us.

We were speaking of her latest work, After.Life, which opened soon after the interview aired. After.Life stars Christina Ricci, Liam Neeson, and Justin Long. Ricci and Long play couple Anna and Paul. Anna wakes up in her own coffin after a terrible accident in her car and is greeted by Liam Neeson as the funeral director Eliot Deacon. Deacon informs Anna she has died and that he must prepare her for her funeral. Agnieszka’s asks her audience to decide for itself whether Anna is really alive or dead as Anna’s boyfriend Paul does the same.

Along with beautiful art direction and finely stylized acting, After.Life is a complex psychological and philosophical work. It’s a piece thats easy to get involved and difficult to reckon with. After.Life is Agnieszka’s first feature film and a strong one at that. In the interview, Agnieszka shares her on-set experiences and explains her thought process behind the film.