Tank Burt is no stranger to the intimacy of the unsaid. As a director she's been honing her craft with shorts like Skateboard, Skateboard, a coming-of-age story told virtually without dialogue, and now she's made her feature debut as an actress in Love Is Strange, Ira Sachs' lyrically beautiful meditation on relationships wrapped in the provocative package of alternative lifestyles.
"We are in the era of the quiet film," Burt says. "The whole Michael Bay [thing] -- explosions, 5000 cuts within four minutes, that's kind of fading away. People are looking for meaning, for 'How do I traverse this thing called my life?' I think this generation right now wants something deeper."