“I still am dumbfounded that I’m actually here talking about it,” director David Lowery told The A.V. Club when we spoke to him in New York last month about his new film A Ghost Story. Making the tiny project in lieu of taking a vacation after finishing his Disney remake Pete’s Dragon, Lowery wasn’t even sure he could pull it off.
A Ghost Story casts Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck as a couple unnerved by the strange noises in their home. When Affleck’s unnamed character dies, he returns as a ghost that looms in a white sheet—your typical Halloween-costume spirit. The image is absurd, yes, but Lowery imbues it with eeriness as his tale unfolds.
The A.V. Club: Why are you “dumbfounded” that you’re talking about this movie?
David Lowery: When we were making it, we weren’t sure if it would ...