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Casey Affleck’s new film explores fatherhood in world without women

/ 12:35 AM February 16, 2019

Casey Affleck in ‘Light of My Life’

BERLIN—A new film about a father-daughter relationship in a world without women was shaped by Casey Affleck’s own struggles with becoming a single parent, the Oscar-winning actor said at the Berlin Film Festival, where “Light of My Life” premiered this year.

In the movie, which Affleck directs, he plays a father who isolates his daughter from society in a desperate attempt to protect her from a pandemic that has wiped out most women. The father and daughter—who’s dressed as a boy—fear discovery and plan escape routes wherever they stop.

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Affleck, who won the best actor Oscar in 2017 for his performance in the family drama “Manchester by the Sea,” said some ideas in the new film could be considered feminist, but his goal had not been to make a film with a political message.

“It’s certainly about a young woman asserting herself as the storyteller and beginning to define herself with the narrative that she chooses to tell,” Affleck said.

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Anna Pniowsky, who played the daughter—the only female in the movie other than her mother, who features solely in flashbacks—said: “I think it is partially about showing that women are critical in this world.”

Affleck, who divorced his wife Summer Phoenix in 2017, said he was finding it hard to adjust to life as a single parent when working on the movie and got the idea for it from stories he had told his children and conversations he had with them.

Affleck, the younger brother of actor and director Ben Affleck, has been accused of sexual harassment by female crew members on an earlier film.

Two lawsuits alleging unwanted advances were settled out of court for undisclosed sums. An attorney for Affleck denied the accusations at the time.

He said “Light of My Life” had been conceived before the #MeToo movement that took off in 2017 in response to accusations of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. —AP

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