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Ariane Labed on Her Directing Debut Olla, Learning from Joanna Hogg, and the Dynamics of Acting

After making her acting debut at the beginning of the previous decade with Tsangari’s Attenberg, Ariane Labed has carved out an impressive career. The Greek-born French actress has made an impression in Alps, The Lobster, Before Midnight, The Forbidden Room, and more. She recently embarked on her directing debut with the short film Olla. Following a woman’s peculiar journey after answering an online dating request, the film explores relationships, sexuality, and society’s projection on women in visually distinct ways.

Following its Cannes premiere, Labed is now headed to Sundance with the film and we caught up with her discuss what she’s learned about directing while acting, how she interprets the film, what the reactions around the world have been, what it was like learning from Joanna Hogg on The Souvenir films, and a recent festival favorite she’s loved.

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