Thou Wast Mild and Lovely wins Best Narrative Feature at Dallas VideoFest27!
the Steinbeck-inspired milieu is viscerally manipulated into a menacing pressure-cooker that ends vividly and ferociously for some of the players— including one innocent frog. Even if Terrence Malick’s naturalistic rural cinematics dripped with as many feral pleasures and mischievous surprises, it’s doubtful they’d ever be otherworldly enough to embrace the time-panning POV of a wandering cow
- Bright Ideas, "The White Witch’s Rabid Wolverines" April 2015
Decker throws herself into the urgency, the infinite promise, and the danger of the cinema—and she seems to live, and to thrive, on the edge of that danger.
- The New Yorker, "A Star is Born" November 2014
Her films are ushering in "a 'new grammar' of narrative."
- The New Yorker, “Pay Attention to Josephine Decker.” February 2014
“Josephine Decker’s film debut gives us a view into her very personal and original world. The way that the story is told and the movement of the camera keep surprising the viewer throughout holds their interest until the very end.”
- Marina Abramovic
SELECTED PRESS ON JOSEPHINE'S WORK
The Village Voice about "Butter on the Latch" - "elegant and elliptical" November 2014
The Village Voice about "Thou Wast Mild and Lovely" - "The Cow POV Shots Aren't the Only Great Thing in Thou Wast Mild and Lovely" November 2014
Dazed - "The women taking over BFI London Film Festival" September 2014
Little White Lies - "London Film Festival 2014: 20 Films We Want to See" September 2014
24 FPS, “At LFF 2014: Butter On The Latch” September 2014 “a striking debut...”
Viewpoints, Indiana Univ October 3 2014 “Fearless director Josephine Decker to create experimental film in front of IU Cinema audience”
France24, "Candid American Tales of Sex Surprise Berlin." February 2014 "the bracingly original Butter on the Latch"
SRQBacklot "Writer/Director Josephine Decker Talks Thou Wast Mild & Lovely, The Sarasota Film Festival, and Plans for the Future." April 2014 "a dream-like exploration of sexuality and tragedy"
News from Galway! - Butter on the Latch at Galway Film Fleadh July 2014
Brooklyn Magazine - The Most Promising Young Filmmakers in Brooklyn June 2014
Stil in Berlin, "Discover This." February 2014 "one of the biggest joys of the festival was the discovery of Josephine Decker"
The Skinny, Berlinale Review. February 2014 Josephine Decker's films were "commendable for their brazenly surreal approach"
Smells Like Screen Spirit, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely Review. February 2014 "sure to haunt many"
Cinecola, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely Review. February 2014 "a sweet dream that is destined to turn into a night terror you can’t shake out of."
Indiewire, "Sexual Depravity Takes on Nightmarish Proportions in Josephine Decker's Thou Wast Mild and Lovely." February 2014 "Thou Wast Mild and Lovely" "suggest [s] the unholy marriage of Ingmar Bergman and David Lynch"