International Interviews - Foreign, Overseas

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   

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 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: Miguel Gomes On The Epic ARABIAN NIGHTS

It was 3 years ago when I first met Miguel Gomes in a cramped office of New York's Film Forum. His third feature Tabu was a big international success and I was just discovering his fantastic films. But it was... More »
By Dustin Chang   

Interview: VETERAN Director Ryoo Seung-wan On Action Challenges And Hollywood Influences

Following his internationally acclaimed actioner The Berlin File, director Ryoo Seung-wan's newest film, Veteran, has already broken box-office records in South Korea within weeks of its release. On the day of Veteran's US red carpet premiere, I had a telephone reunion... More »
By Diva Vélez   

Toronto 2015 Interview: Robert Eggers And Anya Taylor-Joy Talk THE WITCH And Puritan Excess

At any moment in human history, no matter how civilized we may think we are, dark woods have a long reach for scaring us. The Witch viscerally demonstrates how easily fear and superstitions take over in early 17th century New England... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Interview: Veronika Franz And Severin Fiala Talk About Directing Creepy Twins In GOODNIGHT MOMMY

Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, first time (in narrative form) filmmakers hailing from Austria, made a fantastic yet deeply disturbing film, Goodnight Mommy. It's been garnering much deserved critical acclaim around the globe ever since it made a splash in the... More »
By Dustin Chang   

In-Edit Mexico 2015 Interview: Wes Orshoski Talks THE DAMNED: DON'T YOU WISH THAT WE WERE DEAD

After making an excellent documentary about one of the most recognized figures in rock 'n' roll (Lemmy), director Wes Orshoski is back in order to explore a much obscure story but nonetheless important: that of the British band The Damned,... More »

Interview: Phono-Cinema Directors On Mexico's Film And Music Exhibition

How can a little film exhibition stand out in Mexico, where practically every week there's a film festival of some sort going on? Phono-Cinema, the international exhibition of cinema and music, has an idea: being a platform in Mexico to... More »

Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: Kudoh Youki Talks Working With Jim Jarmusch And THIS COUNTRY'S SKY

From her days as a teenage pop idol, to her unforgettable turn in Jim Jarmusch's landmark, Mystery Train, and being one of the few saving graces in Memoirs of a Geisha, Kudoh Youki has blazed a trail in the international... More »
By Diva Vélez   
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