Noah Baumbach, the director of “White Noise,” doesn’t like to contemplate death too much despite the central topic of his most recent movie being impending death.
“I try not to think about it as much as anybody,” he tells Page Six exclusively at the 60th New York Film Festival Opening Night on Friday.
The New York native, 53, was on hand to present his most recent film, “White Noise,” which is based on the acclaimed Don DeLillo novel.Baumbach tells us that accepting death might mean living life to the fullest.Stephen Lovekin/Shutterstock
Adam Driver plays a college professor whose comfortable suburban life is upended when a nearby chemical leak causes “The Airborne Toxic Event,” forcing him and his family to flee.
“I do feel, as something I got from the book and I got from the movie is that in some ways to accept death is maybe to live a fuller life,” he says. “So I saw the structure of the movie as these people who are moving closer to death but are also starting to open themselves up to the concept of a more open life.”
However, unlike the characters in the movie, the “Marriage Story” director admits he hasn’t quite mastered that same idea in his life.
“I certainly can intellectually say that,” he confesses. “Emotionally, I’m always frustrated with what I’m able to do. The movies are always smarter than you are … I’m a smart guy but I can be wiser in a movie than I can in life.”Jodie Turner-Smith turned heads on the red carpet at the film’s NY premiere.Patrick McMullan via Getty Image
Also there for the premiere were the film’s stars, Greta Gerwig — who is Baumbach’s real-life partner and frequent collaborator -— Adam Driver, who grudgingly posed for photographers, Don Cheadle and Jodie Turner-Smith.
Photographers were disappointed when reunited couple Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor skipped the red carpet.