Interview: Francois Ozon And Romain Duris Talk THE NEW GIRLFRIEND As "A Political Film"

Ahead of the UK release of The New Girlfriend, Francois Ozon and Romain Duris made the trip to London to discuss their latest film. Now bearded, Duris was clearly back on the masculine side of the spectrum, but both were... More »
By Thomas Humphrey   
  

Interview: "THE TRIBE Won 37 Awards" Success And Corruption With Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's first feature, The Tribe, was one of the surefire successes of 2014, with wins at festivals right across the globe. It was also one of those few films that were a hit with audiences and critics alike, and... More »
By Thomas Humphrey   
  

"Me And The Editor Had This Theory...": THE FALLING Director Carol Morley Tells All

There is a stereotype in England that people from the north are generally more friendly. Carol Morley certainly makes a convincing argument for believing that to be true. The somewhat uneasy atmosphere of any fifteen-minute interview is immediately diffused when... More »
By Thomas Humphrey   
  

Interview: Hannah Herzsprung on WHO AM I, BELOVED SISTERS And More

The first thing you notice in German actress Hannah Herzsprung is her stunning dark blue green eyes. They are like calm yet mysterious twin lakes. During the whole interview, I couldn't help losing myself in them. I've become a huge... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Interview: Christoph Hochhäusler On THE LIES OF THE VICTORS And Dangers Of Being Labeled

One of the leading figures in the Berlin School (Berliner Schule) movement, Christoph Hochhäusler (I am Guilty, The City Below) is known for creating psychologically complex characters in an imposing environment. His new film, The Lies of the Victors, a... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Interview: Benoit Jacquot On 3 HEARTS And Being Women's Director

Benoit Jacquot started his career as Marguerite Duras' assistant director in the 70s and went on to direct many films with strong female characters. In doing so, he catapulted the careers of many actresses into leading ladies of French cinema,... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Interview: MINE Co-Director Fabio Guaglione Talks Armie Hammer & Italian Genre Film

The Italian co-directing and writing team of Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro, whose short film Afterville won the Melies d'Argent at Sitges in 2008, are hard at work in post-production on their first feature directing job, Mine. (True Love, which... More »
  

Shine Like A Diamond: GIRLHOOD Director Céline Sciamma Interview

With two very lovely coming of age films (Water Lilies and Tomboy) under her belt, Céline Sciamma charts a new, yet still familiar, territory with her most accomplished film to date, Girlhood. Unlike her previous films, Girlhood stars all black... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

'I Am TIMBUKTU': Abderramane Sissako Interview

A lot has happened since I talked with Abderramane Sissako last October at the New York Film Festival. Islamic terrorists' attack on the headquarter of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store in Paris this January shook... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Ruben Östlund Interview: In Case Of No Emergency

Recently, L.A.'s Cinefamily held a public broadcasting of the Golden Globes featuring Doug Benson and other piss-takers, wisecracking throughout the event a la Mystery Science Theater. The afternoon was full of laughs and genuine collective enthusiasm for the films... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Interview: Jaume Balagueró Talks [REC] 4: APOCALYPSE, The Franchise Finale

The cult success of the [REC] series was quite a surprise, not the least to co-directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. They never expected that their low-budget, found footage horror about a zombie-like virus and the havoc it wreaks on an... More »
  

Warsaw 2014 Interview: THE LESSON Co-director Petar Valchanov On The State Of Bulgarian Cinema

In Peter Valchanov & Kristina Grozeva's The Lesson, schoolteacher Nadezhda (Margita Gosheva) discovers that there is a thief in her class and decides to not let this petty offense go unpunished. Unfortunately, as soon as she returns home, she finds... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Morelia 2014 Interview: WHITE GOD Director Kornél Mundruczó

On Thursday, October 23, Morelia hosted the Mexican premiere of the Cannes selection White God, a terrific Hungarian film about a little girl and her lost dog Hagen. Directed by Kornél Mundruczó, White God shows the rotten side of humanity, with... More »
  

Warsaw 2014 Interview: Documentarian Adam Bardach Talks The Chutzpah Needed To Fool Nazis

Filmmaker Adam Bardach attended the 30th edition of Warsaw International Festival to premiere his new documentary Dancing Before the Enemy: How a Teenage Boy Fooled Nazis and Lived. The film is a portrait of his father, Gene Gutowski, who survived... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Interview: FORCE MAJEURE Actor Johannes Bah Kuhnke on Being A Coward

Johannes Bah Kuhnke, the hunky lead in Ruben Östlund's biting Swedish comedy Force Majeure, was in town to promote the film along with his director. I had a chance to chat briefly with the actor who plays a character carrying... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Interview: AUTOMATA Director Gabe Ibáñez Talks Banderas, Robots, And The Future

Opening in the US tomorrow, Autómata is a dystopian science-fiction film starring Antonio Banderas, set in a future where the human population is decimated, the world practically a desert, and robots are evolving. I spoke with director Gabe Ibáñez at... More »
  

'The Treasure Is Already On Your Back': THE WONDERS Director Alice Rohrwacher Interview

Alice Rohrwacher's The Wonders (Le Meraviglie), a dramedy about a rural Italian agrarian community, took home the Grand Prix at this years Cannes Film Fest. It's an amazing feat considering it's only the second feature of a 33 year old... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Cold and Hot: An Interview with Mathieu Amalric - Star, Director, Co-writer of THE BLUE ROOM

Mathieu Amalric, a superstar of French cinema, is in town for the New York Film Festival, promoting his new film The Blue Room, which he co-wrote, directed and stars in. It's also co-written by his wife, playwright Stephanie Cléau, who... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

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 »
  
 
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