Revisiting Eliza Hittman on ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always,’ now nominated for 7 Independent Spirit Awards

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Director Eliza Hittman on the set of “Never Rarely Sometimes Always.” Photo by Angal Field/Focus Features

Filmmaker Eliza Hittman was at the Berlin Film Festival last February with her art-house abortion drama “Never Rarely Sometimes Always.” She thought about staying for the awards ceremony, but didn't want to get ahead of herself, so she flew back to New York. 

"As soon as I landed, I got an email politely asking if I would mind coming back," she says. 

Hittman had won the Silver Bear in Berlin, and now her film is in awards contention stateside. 

Kim Masters spoke to “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” director Eliza Hittman last year. They discussed the difficulty of finding funding for a feature film about abortion and how Hittman convinced Sidney Flanigan, who had never acted before, to star in her film.



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