Rotterdam 2016 Interview: Uchida Eiji, Director Of LOWLIFE LOVE And GREATFUL DEAD

Last week at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Lowlife Love had its first screening outside of Japan. The film shows a very sordid look at the Japanese no-budget film industry, in which all people who are hopeful of a cinematic... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Interview: Fiona Tan On The Intersection Of Her Art, Film And HISTORY'S FUTURE

Originally from Australia, but now a born-again European, Fiona Tan is a very experimental visual artist who is deeply invested in exploring and pushing the boundaries of cinema. That is certainly something which her first step into feature filmmaking has... More »
By Thomas Humphrey   
  

Interview: Alê Abreu Talks About His BOY AND THE WORLD

Alê Abreu's Boy and the World is an enchanting, infectious and at times somber experience. There is no real dialogue in his film to drive the story forward, instead he uses gorgeous visual expressions and minor guttural utterances. You do not have to... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

MONSTER HUNT's Raman Hui On Live Actors Vs The Gingerbread Man And How Shrek Helped Him Make China's Biggest Box Office Hit

Having worked on the Antz and Shrek for his DreamWorks alma mater, director Raman Hui knows a thing about monster hits. Still, Hui could not have been prepared to make China's biggest box office hit of all time with Monster... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

Miguel Gomes On Desires And Fears And People In The ARABIAN NIGHTS Trilogy

The gargantuan-sized Arabian Nights, presented in three 2-hour volumes, has been playing festivals around the world and rolling out commercially as well. The second part of the trilogy is even Portugal's submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. When I... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Ariel Kleiman Talks PARTISAN: "I Find Mystery And Cinema A Magical Combination"

Vincent Cassel stars in Partisan as the charismatic leader of a commune sequestered on the outskirts of a small town. That makes him a formidable figure to his son, Alexander (Jeremy Chabriel), who from outward appearances is just like any... More »
By Thomas Humphrey   
  

Interview: K-Pop Superstar Choi Siwon Of Super Junior On Action And Oscar Winners In Jackie Chan's DRAGON BLADE

Never one to let the grass grow under his feet, the legendary Jackie Chan has made headway into South Korea's burgeoning Hallyu wave, with appearances on local television and even starting his own K-Pop group, JJCC.  For Jackie's latest, Dragon... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

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   
  
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