Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: THIS COUNTRY'S SKY Director Arai Haruhiko Talks His Life During Wartime Drama

Screenwriter turned director Arai Haruhiko visits Japan Cuts with his life-during-wartime drama, This Country's Sky. Starring Kudoh Youki and festival favorite Nikaido Fumi as a mother and daughter surviving in the last days of World War II, Director Arai, along... More »
By Diva Vélez   

Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: OUT OF MY HAND Director Fukunaga Takeshi Explores The Liberian Immigrant Experience

One of Japan Cuts' more unusual offerings is the story of a Liberian immigrant living in New York, directed by a Japanese immigrant living in New York. Already fêted at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film... More »
By Diva Vélez   

Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: ROUND TRIP HEART, Director Tanada Yuki Goes Off The Beaten Path

The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky was one of Japan Cuts 2013's most-buzzed about offerings. The director of that film, Tanada Yuki, visits the festival this year with her latest feature, Round Trip Heart, a beautiful road trip around... More »
By Diva Vélez   

The Interview With All Directors Of GERMAN ANGST Continues! Marschall! Kosakowski! Buttgereit! Part 2!

This weekend, the Berlin-based horror anthology German Angst can be seen at Fantasia. It had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the next day I was allowed to speak with all three directors. In the... More »
By Ard Vijn   

New York Asian 2015 Interview: Lee Won-suk Talks THE ROYAL TAILOR And Turning The Tide Of Korean History

After delighting the New York Asian Film Festival audience in 2013 with the wit and pure charm offensive of his romantic comedy, How to Use Guys With Secret Tips, director Lee Won-suk returns to our shores with his sumptuous and... More »
By Diva Vélez   

New York Asian 2015 Interview: In CHASUKE'S JOURNEY, Sabu Reveals That Heaven Is Full Of Hacks

The often-emulated mix of rapid-fire, kinetic energy, sharp, dark humor, characters tossed about by the vagaries of fate, and a heart full of homegrown truths has made Sabu one of Japan's most revered modern filmmakers. The director brought Chasuke's Journey,... More »
By Diva Vélez   

New York Asian 2015 Interview: THE WHISTLEBLOWER Director Yim Soon-rye Talks Changes For Women In Korean Film Industry

As part of the New York Asian Film Festival's celebration of female Korean filmmakers, South Korea's most successful female director, Yim Soon-rye screens her latest, The Whistleblower. Director Yim spoke with me about the changes in the industry landscape since... More »
By Diva Vélez   

New York Asian 2015 Interview: Boo Ji-young And Shim Jae-myung Talk CART, Casting K-Pop Stars, And Advice For Women Filmmakers

Director Boo Ji-young's Cart, shines a light on the real life story of a shopworkers' strike against unfair labour practices that lasted over a year. As part of the New York Asian Film Festival's focus on Myung Films, the production... More »
By Diva Vélez   

Neuchatel 2015 Interview: Zoë Bell Talks Jumping Through Fire And Moving Into Acting

While within the industry, stunt people are appreciated for their incredible work and discipline, not many of them reach the cult status of Zoë Bell. From her work on Xena: Warrior Princess to Kill Bill, and her transition to acting... More »

Interview: Director SS Rajamouli On BAAHUBALI, An Epic Undertaking

This Friday sees the domestic release of Baahubali: The Beginning, touted as the most expensive Indian film ever made. Directed by SS Rajamouli (Eega, Magadheera) and boasting a cast that includes such talents as Prabhas, Anushka Shetty and Rana Daggubati,... More »
By James Marsh   

Neuchatel 2015 Interview: Chris Carter Talks THE X-FILES, Old And New

The X-Files, which ran for nine seasons and spawned two feature films, a comic book and two spin-off shows, was a major cult force in the 1990s. It arguably was a progenitor of long-form television series of recent years that... More »

Interview: Félix de Givry And Sven Hansen-Løve On Discovering EDEN

French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve's new film Eden, an ambitious survey of the hedonistic 90s French club music scene, as well as poignant observation on life and time passing, was one of my favorite films I saw last year. To promote... More »
By Dustin Chang   


Roy Andersson, arguably one of the most singular voices in cinema and widely regarded as one who godfathered that droll, deadpan 'Scandinavian Humor,' has his first new film out in eight years and it's titled, A Pigeon Sat on A... More »
By Dustin Chang   

An Interview With All Directors Of GERMAN ANGST! Marschall! Kosakowski! Buttgereit! Part 1!

The Berlin-based horror anthology German Angst was among the many world premieres this year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and all three of its directors were attending in person. The day after, I was lucky enough to get to... More »
By Ard Vijn   

'I'm Fine With This Small Territory': Stéphane Lafleur on TU DORS NICOLE And Being A Quebecois Filmmaker

It's a good time to be a filmmaker from Quebec these days. With the international successes of the Quebecois directors- Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners, Sicario and tapped to direct upcoming Blade Runner sequel), Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y., Dallas Buyer's Club, Wild),... More »
By Dustin Chang   

Fantaspoa 2015 Interview: REDEEMER Director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza

Redeemer marks the fourth collaboration between director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza and martial artist Marko Zaror, and is considered by the director himself as his most serious movie, since it accompanies its carefully choreographed and violent as hell fights with a... More »

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: GOOD KILL, Director Andrew Niccol Discusses The View From Above

With the drone warfare drama, Good Kill, opening in Canada and the US this week, I had a chance to speak with director Andrew Niccol about the film briefly over the phone. But it was a very dense conversation that... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

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   
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