Cate Blanchett, Richard Linklater and the cast of “Where’d You Go Bernadette?” join us at the Four Seasons in Toronto for a fun conversation about this must-see film. Through wit, humor and sensitivity, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” pulls audiences into a captivating story every mother and daughter can connect to. With an all-star cast and impactful storytelling, we learn just how unbreakable a family’s bond can be and how it’s never too late to start over, no matter who you are or what you’ve done. You and your friends can share in this incredible journey when the beloved book turned film, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” is released in theaters on August 16, 2019. What a blast getting up and personal with the cast. A show you won’t want to miss!
Actor Cate Blanchett
In addition to her two academy awards, esteemed actress Cate Blanchett also has three Golden Globes, three BAFTAS and three SAG awards to her name thanks to an impressive portfolio of her profound dramatic work on stage and in films. After receiving a degree from Australia’s National Institute for Dramatic Arts in 1992, Blanchett went on to join theater companies across Australia before making her film debut in “Paradise Road.” Her breakthrough came in 1998 when she landed the leading role in epic biopic “Elizabeth,” on the famed life of Queen Elizabeth I, and won numerous awards for her portrayal in the film. Since then, Blanchett has been in critically-acclaimed films including “Blue Jasmine,” “Carol,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and “The Aviator.”
Director Richard Linklater
Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Three years following his debut film, he released the sprawling Slacker (1990), an insightful look at 1990s youth culture that became a favorite on the festival circuit prior to earning vast acclaim at Sundance in 1991. Since then, he’s gone on to create other incredibly memorable films including “Boyhood,” “Waking Life,” and “Before Midnight.”
A Story Every Mother Can Relate To
Have you ever felt the overwhelming urge to get up and go? To travel to a place where you can be alone and rediscover yourself? Such is the case for agoraphobic architect and devoted mother Bernadette Fox. Bernadette Fox seems to have it all—the beautiful home, the caring husband, the sharp-as-a-tack daughter. But when Bernadette suddenly disappears one day, it’s up to that brilliant daughter, Bee, to uncover the complex mysteries surrounding her mom. Inspired by the comedy novel of the same name by Maria Semple, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” is the heartwarming film that shows us what happens when we feel trapped in the idea of who we once were and how the power of a mother and daughter’s bond reveals who we can become.
Connecting With the Characters
Cate and more discuss the connections they had to their characters. For Cate, Bernadette’s authentic creativity and independence grabbed her from the moment she picked up the book and script. She delves into some of her favorite moments, as well as why she empathizes so much with Bernadette. The cast also talks about how refreshing it is to have a story where the mother and daughter are not at odds, but have such a strong bond from the moment the film begins. It’s that amazing bond that is truly at the heart of this film.
Going From the Book to the Big Screen
Director Richard Linklater talks about why and when he knew he needed to bring this story to the big screen. The story of an artist, a mother, a wife and a daughter all wrapped into one, Richard felt there were so many different aspects that audiences could connect with. He also shares some behind-the-scenes moments that stood out to him, and why casting Cate Blanchett was a simple no-brainer to bring Maria Semple’s story to life.