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Completed in: 2020 | 60 min.

Section: HIFF Talk Story





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After three Emmy-winning seasons of Amazon's THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL made Rachel Brosnahan a household face, as well as her recurring role in Netflix's HOUSE OF CARDS, she is poised to break out on the film side. While she’s appeared in films by critically-acclaimed indie directors Craig Gillespie and Joachim Trier, Brosnahan is the main lead in her latest film I'M YOUR WOMAN, which is screening at HIFF40. Playing a mob wife who becomes unwittingly embroiled in her husband’s affairs, Brosnahan also has a producer credit, collaborating with filmmaking team Jordan Horowitz (LA LA LAND) and Julia Hart (MISS STEVENS, FAST COLOR, STARGIRL), who takes directing reigns. We sit down with Brosnahan to discuss her career, especially her recent success in the rise of streaming series, taking a behind the line role in her latest film and if she has future aspirations behind the camera, and maybe, some updates about the future adventures of Midge Maisel.  

Rachel Brosnahan is an Award Winning actress and producer.  She has won an Emmy with four nominations, two Golden Globes, two Critics’ Choice Award and three SAG Awards.  Brosnahan recently signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios with her company Scrap Paper Pictures to develop television series exclusive to Amazon Prime Video. She produced and stars in I’M YOUR WOMAN, an Amazon Studio movie directed by Julia Hart and co-written with Jordan Horowitz, which will premiere at AFI Fest this year. Up next, she will be seen in the historical drama THE COURIER, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, which will be released in the US on in early 2021 by Roadside Attractions and by Lionsgate UK. She is also attached to star and produce THE SWITCH with Amblin Partners. Other film credits include PATRIOTS’ DAY, THE FINEST HOURS, LOUDER THAN BOMBS, and BEAUTIFUL CREATURES. 

Brosnahan currently stars as Miriam “Midge” Maisel on the Amazon series THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL. Since the series premiered in 2017, the show has earned an Emmy, Golden Globe and two Critics’ Choice Awards. She had a breakout turn as Rachel Posner in Netflix’s groundbreaking series HOUSE OF CARDS, which earned her first Emmy nomination, as well as a SAG nomination for ‘Best Ensemble.’ In addition, she has starred in two seasons of the critically acclaimed WGN series MANHATTAN and is an Executive Producer of a series adaptation of Corey Camperchioli’s short film FEMME. On stage, Brosnahan starred as Desdemona in Sam Gold’s off-Broadway production of "Othello" opposite Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo. She made her Broadway debut in 2013 in "The Big Knife" opposite Bobby Cannavale.  

Rachel is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. She currently serves on the Board of Covenant House, which oversees programs for homeless youth and has been an Ambassador for Global Citizen for the past six years. 

The Hawai‘i International Film Festival's Halekulani Maverick Award is given to an international cinema artist who has a unique and eclectic career trajectory, contributing to international cinema and the filmed arts in an innovative way. This maverick does things on their terms, creating work that can have a rabid, cult following or a major impact in the pop culture zeitgeist. Like a trendsetter and tastemaker, their work may not have been appreciated early on, but has become an artistic and cultural benchmark. Past recipients include Awkwafina, Tadanobu Asano, Randall Park and Kevin Smith. HIFF is honored to present the 2020 Halekulani Maverick Award to I'M YOUR WOMAN star and producer Rachel Brosnahan.  

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Moderator Beckie Stocchetti
Panelist Rachel Brosnahan
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