Film Festival Interviews - International, Independent, Cult

Fantastic Fest 2015 Interview: Zoe Bell Talks CAMINO

Fans of action-packed films with kick-ass leading women will not be disappointed in Camino, which will have its world premiere at Fantastic Fest on Saturday. I listed the film in one of our preview posts as one of my most-anticipated... More »

Fantastic Fest 2014 Interview: Alexandre Aja On His Devilish HORNS Adaptation

Fantastic Fest 2014 welcomed the U.S. premiere of Horns, Joe Hill's incendiary tale of damnation and redemption. Not seen since the 2013 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, Horns now features voiceover work from its star, Daniel Radcliffe (the... More »

Fantastic Fest 2014 Interview: Nicolas Winding Refn And Liv Corfixen On Living MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN

"Violence is like sex -- it's all about the build up." In a scene both hilarious and uneasy, Nicolas Winding Refn states the above (as he references pacing) to Ryan Gosling in the new documentary My Life Directed By Nicolas... More »

Ben Wheatley Talks A FIELD IN ENGLAND, Destiny, And His Characters

I first became aware of Ben Wheatley when I was assigned to write an essay on his film Down Terrace (2009) for Magill's Cinema Annual. What struck me while watching it was how carefully balanced and powerful it was and... More »
By Dave Canfield   

Interview: ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW With Director Randall Moore And Cinematographer Lucas Lee Graham

Like many, I never thought I'd have a chance to see Escape from Tomorrow, but I held out the faint hope that it would make some sort of other festival appearance after premiering to much controversy at Sundance for being... More »
By Dave Canfield   

Interview: Kirk Hammett Talks METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER

Talk to Metallica? Every once in a while I run into the great big geek in my head who gets honestly star struck at the thought of meeting someone. The chance to sit with Kirk Hammett  in support of ,... More »
By Dave Canfield   

Interview: Nicolas Winding Refn On Sci-Fi And The Genius Of JODOROWSKY'S DUNE

A few months ago I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours talking with Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. While the bulk of that interview was about his latest directorial effort, Only God Forgives, for another publication (which... More »
By James Marsh   

TIFF 2013 Interview: Twitch Talks R100 With Matsumoto Hitoshi

Thursday, September 12, 2013 proved to be one of those extraordinary festival days for me. I found myself closing the day with a trio of highly interesting films from Asia, the last two forming one of the most perfect... More »
By Jason Gorber   

FIRST BLOOD Director Ted Kotcheff Talks His Australian Classic WAKE IN FRIGHT

After cutting his teeth on TV in the sixties Ted Kotcheff broke out big time with Wake In Fright (1971) a devastatingly cinematic adaptation of Kenneth Cook's novel. It and L'avventura (1960) by Michelangelo Antonioni are the only films ever... More »
By Dave Canfield   

Joseph Gordon Levitt Talks Redemption, Art And LOOPER

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is like a poster child for what there is to admire about American cinema today. Between really entertaining ambitious films he's made any number of powerfully good small indies. I myself am a big fan of Mysterious Skin... More »
By Dave Canfield   

Rian Johnson Discusses The Ins And Outs Of LOOPER

I first became aware of Rian Johnson by accident. I stumbled into a screening room at the wrong time and didn't realize it until the word Brick was sitting in front of me. But if there is ever a right... More »
By Dave Canfield   

Adrian Garcia Bogliano, Laura Caro And Francisco Barreiro Talk Fantastic Fest Winner HERE COMES THE DEVIL

Here Comes the Devil, which just swept the Horror Features category at the Fantastic Fest 2012 awards is, without doubt,  an Adrian Garcia  Bogliano film. Full of beautiful women, eye popping compositions, and dread drenched suspense, Bogliano's creative ownership over... More »
By Dave Canfield   

Emily Blunt Talks LOOPER, Acting & Her Desire For 'An Obnoxious Number Of Guns'

Rian Johnson's Looper makes an appearance at Fantastic Fest today prior to its US theatrical release. Twitch had the opportunity to sit down with leading lady Emily Blunt in Toronto, as part of a roundtable interview following the film's world... More »
By Todd Brown   

Stephen Fung Talks Finding The Next Generation For TAI CHI ZERO

Stephen Fung was on top of the world in 2005. The popular actor had made a successful transition to directing with both his debut feature, Enter The Phoenix, and sophomore effort, House Of Fury, embraced by fans and critics alike.... More »
By Todd Brown   

FANTASTIC FEST 2011: Nacho Vigalondo, Julian Villagran Extraterrestrial Interview Part One.

Nacho Vigalondo always rules Fantastic Fest both physically and in terms of what he brings to the table film-wise. He is funny, intense, often drunk, but also insightful and genuine. In short, he is an awfully lot of fun to... More »
By Dave Canfield   

Fantastic Fest 2010: Interview with Roger & Julie Corman

It may well be two long months since the orgy of awesome that was Fantastic Fest 2010, but just this morning I stumbled across a long-thought-lost piece of audio from that momentous week in Austin, Texas. Namely, the conversation... More »
By James Marsh   

Fantastic Fest 2010 - AGNOSIA Interview

Director Eugenio Mira, and his lead actor,  Eduardo Noriega (The Devil's Backbone, Tesis, open Your Eyes) were kind enough to sit down with us after the world premiere of their film Agnosia, and discuss this wondrous example of Magical... More »
By Sean Smithson   

Fantastic Fest 2010: A conversation with Yuen Woo-ping

Absolutely thrilled beyond words to have the rare opportunity to sit down with a martial arts legend like Yuen Woo-ping during Fantastic Fest and have a conversation with him about his film True Legend and martial arts film in general. My... More »
By Andrew Mack   

THE PROGRAMMERS: Tim League (Fantastic Fest)

Twitch is proud to present the second entry in our current ongoing interview series. Titled The Programmers we'll be spending the next several weeks putting a series of questions to the people who decide what films make it - and... More »
By Todd Brown   

An Interview with TOKYO GORE POLICE Director Yoshihiro Nishimura

In September 2008, Yoshihiro Nishimura visited Austin, Texas where his film Tokyo Gore Police (Tôkyô zankoku keisatsu) won the first place prize in the AMD Next Wave competition at Fantastic Fest. The following interview was conducted while Nishimura was in... More »
By Rodney Perkins   
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