‘Never Direct the Actor with More Words than You Can Put On a Stamp’: Paprika Steen on Directing for Performance

Acting in a film is difficult. Directing it simultaneously is even harder.

The highly-celebrated Paprika Steen just premiered her latest film at the Toronto International Film Festival as both director and star. TitledThat Time of Year, this is Steen’s third feature as a director, but she’s even better known as an actress. Back in 2003, she famously won both Best Supporting Actress (for Open Hearts) and Best Actress (for Okay) at the Robert Festival (the Danish equivalent of the Oscars).

Numerous awards later, the authenticity of her filmmaking reflects her years of experience. No Film School sat down with Steen to learn the takeaways from her impressive career, including what it takes to direct herself.

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