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Rotterdam 2016 Interview: Director Steve Oram Talks AAAAAAAAH! "Not Everyone Would Have Wanted To Have Somebody's Testicles On Forehead"

While on the prowl in Rotterdam, ScreenAnarchy bumped into Steve Oram, the English actor who may be spotted in television series Tittybangbang, The World´s End or Ben Wheatley´s chiller Kill List. Steve Oram co-wrote Wheatley´s dark touristic comedy Sightseers where...

Rotterdam 2016 Interview: Udo Kier Talks Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Lars von Trier And Past And Present Roles

While roaming the screen rooms and adjacent spaces in Rotterdam, ScreenAnarchy had the honor to sit down with acting cult icon Udo Kier, who was there to promote his latest endeavor, Austrian miniseries Altes Geld, in which he portrays a...

Interview: NOTES ON BLINDNESS Directors Discuss Their Tribute To Blind Theologian John Hull

James Spinney and Peter Middleton's Notes on Blindness isn't just an incredible homage to blind theologian John Hull (who sadly died in 2015), the documentary is also a very profound demonstration of the incredible work he did in making a...

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...

Rotterdam 2016 Interview: Festival's Director Bero Beyer On Upcoming Edition And Changes To Come

There's a new sheriff in town. The IFFR´s director Rutger Wolfson stepped down after the festival´s 2015 edition, and the festival´s board appointed Dutch film producer and film consultant Bero Beyer as the new general as well as artistic director in...

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...

A Talk With THE COMPLEX Director Nakata Hideo. Part 1 of 2: Does He Believe In Ghosts?

A few months back, the International Film Festival Rotterdam welcomed the Japanese director Nakata Hideo as a guest, famous for horror films like Ringu, Ringu 2 and Dark Water. Hideo had brought his newest J-horror film The Complex with him,...

IFFR 2013: A Talk With Richard Raaphorst About FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY. Part 2 of 2: Shooting Zombots!

Back in January, Frankenstein's Army had its World Premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. A few hours before the official world premiere, I was allowed to interview director Richard Raaphorst. The first part of that interview can be found...

IFFR 2013: A Talk With Richard Raaphorst About FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY. Part 1 of 2: Getting Started...

The long-awaited (and long-covered) film Frankenstein's Army is currently touring film festivals worldwide. This month it was shown at the IMAGINE Festival in Amsterdam and Tribeca in New York, and it had its World Premiere at the International Film Festival...

IFFR 2012 Interview: ÓSKAR THÓR AXELSSON Talks BLACK'S GAME

(How to look composed while your high-profile debut film has its world premiere at an international festival, lesson 1...) On Wednesday the 1st of February 2012, the Icelandic crime thriller "Svartur á Leik" aka. "Black's Game" had its world premiere...

IFFR 2012 Interview: SHINYA TSUKAMOTO talks KOTOKO

(...and blood and sperm of course, because he is Shinya Tsukamoto after all.) Last year Tsukamoto Shinya visited the International Film Festival Rotterdam as part of a group of directors promoting the excellent "Kaidan: Horror Classics" and Twitch put up...

IFFR 2012 Interview: MIIKE TAKASHI Talks ACE ATTORNEY

(...and blood and sperm of course, because he is Miike Takashi after all.) This year the popular and VERY prolific Japanese director Miike Takashi visited the International Film Festival Rotterdam to present his newest film... well, his newest finished one...

IFFR 2011: An interview with LEE CHANG-DONG

This year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam there sure was no shortage of great and famous Asian directors present, Shinya Tsukamoto and Kore-eda Hirokazu amongst them. But one of the biggest treats was undeniably that Korean director Lee Chang-dong...

IFFR 2011: An interview with all directors of Kaidan! Tsukamoto! Kore-eda! Ochiai! Lee!

One of the nicest surprises at the International Film Festival Rotterdam this year was that "Kaidan - Horror Classics" had its international premiere screening there. But one of the BIGGEST surprises was that all four Japanese directors had been flown...

IFFR 2011: An interview with NOBORU IGUCHI

This year the International Film Festival Rotterdam hosted the World Premiere of "Karate-Robo Zaborgar" and, as I detailed in my review (link), it sure was a crowdpleaser. One day later I spoke with director Noboru Iguchi for whom this film...

IFFR 2010: an interview with Tsai Ming-liang!

This year, Malaysian / Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang visited the International Film Festival Rotterdam to present his latest film "Visage" ("Face"), a curious movie to say the least. For starters that film doesn't need to bring in any money as...

IFFR 2010: An interview with Inoue Tsuki, director of AUTUMN ADAGIO

This year the International Film Festival Rotterdam had two Japanese films in its Tiger Competition, one of which being the gentle realizing-of-age drama "Autumn Adagio" by director Inoue Tsuki. The film depicts a Japanese Catholic nun who, on turning forty,...

IFFR 2009: Interview with "Il Pranzo di Ferragosto" director / writer / actor GIANNI DI GREGORIO

I already shortly met Gianni di Gregorio, director of Il Pranzo di Ferragosto and screenplay writer and assistant director of Gomorra, at the last edition of the prestigious Venice Film Festival where he won the "Future Golden Lion". Recently, he...

IFFR 2009: Interview with "Looking for Cherry Blossoms" director JO ODAGIRI and two of its stars

This week is a special one in Japan, as this is the time that the whole nation revels in the annual short-lived beauty of the blossoming cherry trees. So while everyone is enchanted by these "Sakura" let's return to one...

IFFR 2009: Interview with "Breathless" writer / actor / director / producer YANG IK-JUNE

"Breathless" was one of the many international premieres this year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. And a strong one, walking away with one of the three Tiger Awards for best film by a newcomer. That "newcomer" was Yang Ik-June...