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Interview: OKJA Producer Dooho Choi Takes Us Behind the Scenes

Part collaborator, part many-armed mover and remover of obstacles, Dooho Choi jumped into the deep end as a producer with 2013’s SNOWPIERCER, Director Bong Joon-ho’s ambitious multinational sci-fi adventure.  As the founder of Kate Street Picture Company, Choi dives in...

Interview: Tim Egan Discusses the Inspirations and Craft of CURVE

If there is one short film that can speak for itself, evincing its obvious talents through nothing but images, it’s Curve. Even so, we couldn’t pass up on the opportunity of interviewing its diabolical creator, writer-director Tim Egan. While he...

BLACK RING Interview: Hasan Can Dagli On the Making of His Award-Winning Short

Currently enjoying its Japanese premiere at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, where it represents Turkey in the international competition along with 35 other films, is Hasan Can Dagli’s Black Ring, an ominous genre short about a photo shoot that...

Okinawa 2017 Interview: Fruit Chan on Balancing Independent and Commercial Filmmaking

Last month, Hong Kong filmmaker Fruit Chan served as the head of the Creators Factory jury at the 9th Okinawa International Movie Festival on the picturesque Japanese island. Chan had recently unveiled a new restoration of his groundbreaking 1997 indie...

Interview: Katell Quillévéré on HEAL THE LIVING and Always Challenging Herself

Katell Quillévéré is a rising star writer/director in French cinema. With only three feature films under her belt, she's gaining quite a bit of critical acclaim ever since her coming-of-age debut film Love Like Poison in 2010. Her second film...

Interview: Terence Davies on A QUIET PASSION and His Love of Poetry

"I just knew she'd be right. And when we were talking, she said she had grown up with listening to the disc of Julie Harris reading her poetry. She knew her poetry and more importantly, she could read poetry as well. I just knew she was right. It's as vague as that. And god bless her! She stayed there for four and a half years. I don't know what I would have done if she said no. I'd have no idea who to cast."

Osaka 2017 Interview: Mikhail Red Talks the Violence And Beauty in BIRDSHOT

Mikhail Red triumphed at Tokyo Film Festival at the back end of 2016 when he picked up the Asian Future Award for his sophmore effort, Birdshot. Mikhail, along with producing partner Pamela Reyes, has now returned to Japan, bringing his...

Interview: Alice Lowe Talks PREVENGE

Following a U.S. premiere screening at SXSW this month, Alice Lowe's Prevenge (review) was praised as a chilling slasher with a pitch-black comedic bent. It was written and directed by Lowe who also starred in the film while pregnant with her first...

Interview: Albert Serra Talks THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV, Jean-Pierre Léaud, and His Beautiful Method

Serra is batshit crazy. Once he starts talking, there is no stopping him. As an admirer of his singular artistry, it was a pleasure talking to him at length, even though he did most of the talking.

François Ozon Talks FRANTZ: Secrets and Lies and the Rise of Nationalism

One of the France's most prolific writer-filmmakers, François Ozon (Sitcom, Swimming Pool, 8 Women) has been delighting moviegoers while exploring and subverting many genres for almost three decades with 30 features and shorts. His new film Frantz, a sumptuously shot...

Interview: Olivier Assayas Talks Kristen Stewart and Breaking the Boundaries of Filmmaking in PERSONAL SHOPPER

French writer/director Olivier Assayas, turned 62 this year. He doesn't look it though. He is an ultimate cinema geek - when he talks about filmmaking, you can easily be overpowered by his enthusiasm and fast talking. He hasn't lost the...

Interview: Introducing Garance Marillier, Breakout Star of RAW, to International Audiences

Let’s not mince words: ScreenAnarchy digs Raw. We have been covering Julia Ducournau’s powerful debut about a young veterinary student’s unusual coming of age ever since its Cannes 2016 world premiere (Shelagh Rowan-Legg’s review). Matt Brown offered an in-depth look...

Rotterdam 2017 Interview: Lukas V. Rinner Talks A DECENT WOMAN "It Could Easily Happen That You Pass By An Orgy While Working"

Lukas Valenta Rinner reveals more about his sophomore feature A Decent Woman

RAW Interview: Julia Ducournau on the Thematic Charge and Cinematic Language of Her Cannibalistic Shocker

2017 is off to one hell of a start for fans of horror. Hot on the heels of box office breakout Get Out American audiences are soon being treated to another high caliber genre effort that does not shy away...

THE GREAT WALL Interview: Zhang Yimou on Its Meaning and Misconceptions

When the man who gave us such critically acclaimed, award-winning epics as Red Sorghum, Hero, and Raise the Red Lantern makes a self-described “popcorn flick,” it’s a pretty big deal. Director Zhang Yimou had a brief chat with me about...

Sundance 2017 Interview: Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman on Waking Up LEMON

Isaac wakes up feeling old… and unaccomplished. He’s a brilliant dramaturge in his own eyes and in the eyes of whichever of his acting students he can convince. He has a serious girlfriend, he thinks. She’s blind and they don’t...

Interview: THE RED TURTLE Director Michael Dudok de Wit Talks Studio Ghibli and More

Dutch animator, director and illustrator, Michael Dudok de Wit is the first foreign director to collaborate with Studio Ghibli as the Japanese animation house embarks into foreign waters and international production. After years of making award winning shorts (how many...

Interview: Asghar Farhadi on His New Film, THE SALESMAN

With his latest film, The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi once again, proves his mastery in presenting complexities of human relationships within the confounds of his native country Iran, but also demonstrating that even there are political and cultural differences among us, deep down, certain things in life are constant and universal.

Interview: Maren Ade, Sandra Hüller and Peter Simonischek on Making TONI ERDMANN

Toni Erdmann, a German dramedy about a father-daughter relationship that won rave reviews at Cannes this year, is coming out in theaters on Christmas Day here in the States. This exceptionally written and acted film is director Maren Ade's third...

Interview: Indian Oscar Submission, INTERROGATION's Vetri Maaran Talks Overcoming the Bollywood Myth

With the Academy Awards only a few short months away, this is a busy season for Los Angeles Academy members looking to whittle down thousands of choices in every category to just the few we see on the telecast. This...