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‘Exhibition’ Director Joanna Hogg on the Beauty of Ambiguity

Joanna Hogg’s latest film, Exhibition, tells the story of a middle-aged artistic couple struggling with their identity after they decide to sell the house they’ve lived in for 20 years.

“I’m interested in not making too much sense and creating enough ambiguity to allow for different readings of the same moment,” Hogg explains to Cinema Scope. “As a viewer myself, I don’t like it when I’m not given room to enter the space of that film. I find it disrespectful, in a way, and uninteresting. When you’re told something, you’re not participating in it. I’m more interested in an immersive experience with cinema. I think we’ve travelled away from that and we’ve gotten caught up in telling stories in a particular kind of way, where one event follows another event. I see many films and feel that they’re all going in the same direction. Really, with film we’re talking about images and sound and how they juxtapose and the power of that relationship.”

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