From writer/director Drake Doremus, the indie drama Breathe In tells the story of British exchange student Sophie Williams (Felicity Jones), who comes to New York to stay with a host family while looking to reignite her musical passion and inspiration. Frustrated musician turned piano teacher Keith Reynolds (Guy Pearce) reignites his own long-suppressed dreams when he is inspired by Sophie’s talent, and they both must figure out what they truly want out of life.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Drake Doremus talked about why he decided to make Breathe In directly after Like Crazy, how he saw this film as a tone poem, what made him want to work with Felicity Jones again and why this character, why Guy Pearce was the right actor opposite her, the dynamic on set, the most challenging scene, how he sees this film as a love story, making sure audiences didn’t just see Sophie as the other woman, how the editing process works when you make such an unstructured film, and custom tailoring the film for the music. He also talked about his next movie Equals, a scripted futuristic journey that he’ll be shooting with Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart. Check out what he had to say after the jump.