Darren Aronofsky on ‘Mother!’ at El Gouna: ‘I Get the Best Hate Mail Ever’

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Darren Aronofsky on ‘Mother!’ at El Gouna: ‘I Get the Best Hate Mail Ever’
It’s been four years since filmmaker Darren Aronofsky unleashed “Mother!” on the world, polarizing critics and audiences, and he’s still fielding questions about it.

Aronofsky delivered a masterclass at Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival on Sunday, an event which was delayed by a few hours because the original indoor venue was oversubscribed and the organizers had to move it to the vast outdoor Festival Plaza.

The masterclass began on the expected trajectory of a retrospective on Aranofsky’s feature film career, beginning with “Pi” (1998) and “Requiem for a Dream” (2000), but the filmmaker soon asked for a show of hands from the audience. When he realized that a significant section of the audience consisted of young filmmakers, actors and writers, he opened the floor to their questions for the majority of the 90-minute event.

Questions arose around “Mother!” and its allegorical depiction of the torment of Mother Earth.
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