Kelly Reichardt Talks with Olivier Assayas for the Talkhouse Podcast

Two of the great auteurs of world cinema sit down in conversation for the very first time.

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Podcast, two of the greatest living filmmakers, Kelly Reichardt and Olivier Assayas, sit down for an intimate conversation. Recorded last fall when Reichardt’s First Cow (in theaters March 6 through A24) and Assayas’ Wasp Network (forthcoming through Netflix) were both playing at the New York Film Festival, this talk sees the two comparing notes on the intricacies of their respective creative processes, from writing through to editing. They discuss the ways in which they differ (such as Assayas’ enforced spontaneity and Reichardt’s love of preparation), the personal backstories to Assayas’ films Cold Water and Summer Hours, Reichardt’s past growing up in a law-enforcement family in Miami, the way new technology figures in their work, and much more. For more filmmakers and comedians talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at Subscribe now to stay in the loop on future episodes of the Talkhouse Podcast.

Today’s show was recorded in Manhattan by Elia Einhorn, and at Hook and Fade Studios in Brooklyn by our co-producer Mark Yoshizumi.

The Talkhouse Podcast’s theme song was composed and performed by The Range.


Kelly Reichardt’s latest film, First Cow, is in theaters through A24 Films from March 6. A retrospective of Reichardt’s work took place at the Museum of Modern Art in the fall of 2017. Her other feature films include: River of Grass (1994), Old Joy (2006), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek’s Cutoff (2010), Night Moves (2013) and Certain Women (2016). She has received grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her work has played at the Whitney Biennial, and at festivals including Cannes, Venice, Sundance. Berlin and Toronto. Retrospectives of her films have been held at Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archive, Museum of the Moving Image, Walker Art Center, American Cinematheque Los Angeles and the European Touring Retrospective. She is currently S. William Senfeld Artist-in-Residence at Bard College.