Available from February 5 on Netflix, “Malcolm & Marie” by Sam Levinson brings Zendaya and John David Washington together in an explosive black and white drama. Interview.
After Another Happy Day and Assassination Nation, Sam Levinson returns with a third feature film, Malcolm & Marie. The director, who devoted himself to television with the hit series Euphoria, returns behind the camera for a particular challenge. EWritten during lockdown and shot with a small crew, this project is one of the first post-COVID films to emerge. Zendaya and John David Washington weren’t just content to act, they were also fully involved in the making of the feature film, even to the point of investing their personal money.
Malcolm & Marie, what is it about?
After the preview screening of his latest film, a filmmaker returns home with his girlfriend. While it is certain that his film will meet with critical and commercial success, the evening takes an unexpected turn: the two lovers must face certain truths about their relationship that put the strength of their feelings to the test …
Malcolm & Marie on Netflix: what is this closed door which gives Zendaya her best role?
For AlloCine, the director and the two actors returned to their experience on this unique shoot. “Iwas able to free myself from a lot of things and use Marie to get rid of everything I kept inside meAs for her partner, John David Washington, he was amazed by the talent, humor and professionalism of the young actress. For her part, Sam Levinson admits to feeling more pressure when writing for her. because his talent knows, according to him, “no limit”.
Editing: Constance Mathews
Interview by Thomas Desroches, in Paris, on January 26 and 31, 2021.
Check out the trailer for “Malcolm & Marie”: