Interview: Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy On Adapting CAROL

Two years before Patricia Highsmith would earn acclaim with the release of her 1950 suspense novel, Strangers on a Train, she was working as a shopgirl selling dolls at a department store. Legend goes that one day an elegant, beautiful... More »
By Zach Gayne   

New York Korean 2015 Interview: Director Shin Su-won On MADONNA's Disturbing Real-Life Inspirations

Director Shin Su-won's Madonna is a stark and disturbing parable of extreme class inequality, rich versus poor, and society's increasing lack of value for human life.  At the New York Korean Film Festival, Director Shin explained how the sight of... More »
By Diva Vélez   

New York Korean 2015 Interview: Ryoo Seung-wan On VETERAN's International Success And The Possibilities Of Leaving The Action Genre

Little did we know when we spoke with director Ryoo Seung-wan over the phone for the Los Angeles premiere of his Korean blockbuster, Veteran, that he would be here in the flesh as part of the New York Korean Film... More »
By Diva Vélez   

New York Korean 2015 Interview: Ko Ah-sung On OFFICE, Bong Joon-ho And The Power Of Song Kang-ho And Tilda Swinton

From her memorable feature debut in director Bong Joon-ho's 2006 monster opus, The Host/Gwoemul, to her recent reunion with the director for the international hit, Snowpiercer, and many interesting projects in between, Ko Ah-sung has been determined to carve out... More »
By Diva Vélez   

Interview: Rick Alverson On ENTERTAINMENT And Other Dirty Words

When it comes time for year-end list-making, of all the memorable films in the running, not one will resemble Rick Alverson's bitter film, Entertainment. It's a tough film to summarize, mostly because the events of the film are secondary to... More »
By Zach Gayne   

New York Korea 2015 Interview: THE SHAMELESS, Director Oh Seung-uk Talks 14 Years Of Waiting

Starting his cinematic life as a screenwriter for films like Green Fish and Christmas in August, Oh Seung-uk made his directorial debut in 2001 with Kilimanjaro, a tense story of crime and hidden identities. Fourteen years later, Oh steps behind... More »
By Diva Vélez   

New York Korean 2015 Interview: OFFICE, Director Hong Won-chan Talks Tweaking Genres In His Debut Thriller

Having screenwritten hits like Confession of Murder, The Chaser and The Yellow Sea, Hong Won-chan makes his directorial debut, with the thriller, Office. Hong spoke with me about tweaking the genre to address larger societal issues and working with star... More »
By Diva Vélez   

Interview: Producer James Gay-Rees Discusses Chronicling A Fallen Star In AMY

Whether people like it or not, the documentary Amy does tread a very fine line. Arguably one of its key themes focuses on the star's despair at having her privacy and personal life invaded by the press, but nevertheless Amy... More »
By Thomas Humphrey   

Warsaw 2015 Interview: SPARROWS Director Rúnar Rúnnarson On Finding God In The Sins of Men

Since its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Rúnar Rúnarsson's sophomore feature Sparrows (read Jason Gorber's review) has been on a successful streak, netting the top prize at the San Sebastian film festival, Silver Hugo at the... More »
By Martin Kudlac   

Kazuaki Kiriya Talks LAST KNIGHTS As He Brings His 47 Ronin Tale Home

With Last Knights, Kazuaki Kiriya retells Japan's treasured story of loyalty, revenge and sacrifice, 47 Ronin. Moving the action away from his native country to a medieval European land, the masterless samurai of the true life story have become disavowed... More »

Interview: Gaspar Noé On LOVE's Altered States

For the excessively fortunate, love can resemble that of a Meg Ryan / Tom Hanks vehicle. Sadly, more often than not, love more closely resembles the latest Gaspar Noé nightmare, boldly titled, Love. It is a word that yields multiple definitions... More »
By Zach Gayne   

Interview: Director Sono Sion Talks TOKYO TRIBE

Before releasing the crazy amount of six films in only one year, master filmmaker Sono Sion adapted the manga Tokyo Tribes into a unique and fun hip hop musical about several rival gangs (all but one very violent) that are... More »

Interview: Tom Sanchez Goes Back To His Roots In THE BLADE OF DON JUAN

Walter and Mario are two brothers living in the working class neighborhood of Breña in Lima, constantly at each other's throats over ownership of a knife which used to belong to their late father. An arm wrestling match is the... More »

Interview: Director Sandy Tung Discusses EVAN'S CRIME, David Arquette, And More

Filmmaker Sandy Tung has had a long and respectable career in independent filmmaking. Best known by many for his family films such as Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season, Alice Upside Down, and the award-winning Saving Shiloh, Sandy now changes pace, venturing... More »
By Jim Tudor   

Warsaw 2015 Interview: "I Am A Bit Of A Troublemaker," Parvez Sharma On Shooting Forbidden Doc A SINNER IN MECCA

Three sold out screenings of A Sinner in Mecca, a documentary by New York-based, India-born activist and filmmaker Parvez Sharma, proved the importance of the film, even in a predominantly Catholic country, as we like to label Poland. The... More »
By Martin Kudlac   

Warsaw 2015 Interview: Director Sean Baker Talks TANGERINE, Social Awareness And Smartphone Filmmaking

The director of Tangerine (read Ben Umstead´s review) shot on a shoestring budget and entirely on an iPhone 5s, Sean Baker would probably not have guessed that his indie darling would end up in Oscars talks when he premiered the film... More »
By Martin Kudlac   

Interview: Director Alejandro Amenábar Talks REGRESSION

Following its world premiere at the San Sebastián Film Festival, Regression was one of the (many) special galas of the 11th edition of the Zurich Film Festival. Alejandro Amenábar was in Switzerland to introduce his film and I was lucky... More »

Warsaw 2015 Interview: Kenny Riches on Off-Kilter Comedy THE STRONGEST MAN

Quirky indie comedy The Strongest Man by Kenny Riches has been traveling the world since its Sundance world premiere and recently visited Europe Poland's capital city where the film competed in the first and second film section. The titular protagonist, Cuban... More »
By Martin Kudlac   

New York 2015 Interview: Todd Haynes On Falling For CAROL

In Todd Haynes' new film, Cate Blanchett plays Carol, the object of uncharted desire for Therese (Rooney Mara), a young girl ill-equipped to handle this foreign attraction. Since the film exists in the closed-minded postwar years, circa late 40s, the courtship... More »
By Zach Gayne   

THE RESURRECTION OF JAKE THE SNAKE Interview: Jake "The Snake" Roberts And Director Steve Yu Talk Overcoming Addiction

Flamboyant in the squared circle and famously troubled out of it, WWF/WWE legend, Jake "The Snake" Roberts lays bare his battle with addiction and fight for recovery in The Resurrection Of Jake The Snake. Roberts and the film's director, Steve... More »
By Diva Vélez   
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