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LET THERE BE LIGHT Interview: Director Mila Aung-Thwin, Physicists Mark Henderson and Michel Laberge Discuss Nuclear Fusion Becoming Mainstream

And now for something completely different. Many of the writing staff here at ScreenAnarchy have different careers outside of their movie enthusiasms. Myself, I have a degree in Chemistry, and work as a materials scientist. So when the opportunity to...

Locarno 2017: Filmmakers Cattet and Forzani Talk LET THE CORPSES TAN

A few weeks ago the Locarno Festival held its 70th edition. Among the festivities, Let The Corpses Tan -- the third film by Belgian duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani -- had its world premiere on the majestic Piazza Grande....

Toronto 2017 Interview: VALLEY OF SHADOWS Director Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen on the Blurring of Fantasy and Reality, Time and Space

I was settling into my afternoon, the sun at its highest point in Toronto, when Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen popped onto Skype.   The physical window inside the virtual chat window, showed the sun was just starting to set in Norway....

THE VILLAINESS Interview: Director Jung Byung-gil on the Stunts and Stars

With its mesmerising female protagonist and eye-popping analog action, The Villainess arrives on our shores after receiving a four-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival.  Closing this year’s New York Asian Film Festival, director Jung Byung-gil spoke with me...

Edinburgh 2017 Interview: DELICATE BALANCE (FRAGIL EQUILIBRIO) Director Guillermo García López Talks His Socially Conscious Doc

Guillermo García López’s debut feature Delicate Balance delivers an engaging discourse on the inequalities and ailments faced in modern society. Centered around an interview with Jose Pepe Mujica, the former President of Uruguay who earned global recognition for his words...

Locarno 2017 Interview: A CAMPAIGN OF THEIR OWN Is "A Film Against Cynicism," Says Director Lionel Rupp

Swiss filmmaker Lionel Rupp and producer Michael David Mitchell followed the campaign of Bernie Sanders during the last U.S. election, fascinated by the people's movement behind the Democratic Party candidate. A Campaign of Their Own does not serve as an...

Fantasia 2017 Interview: Director Chris Peckover Talks BETTER WATCH OUT

If you happen to like -- or LOVE -- holiday-themed horror films, pre-order the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release of Better Watch Out. The story (which was formerly titled Safe Neighborhood) revolves around a babysitter about to move away. For one last night,...

Japan Cuts 2017 Interview: Cut Above Winner, Superstar Odagiri Joe on Acting and International Collaborations

One of his country’s most sought-after and exciting actors, Odagiri Joe has made a career pushing the boundaries of Japanese cinema.  Fearless in his choice of roles and unhesitant about working overseas, Odagiri spoke with me about his motivations as...

Japan Cuts 2017 Interview: IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD Producer Maki Taro on Its Risks and Meaning

In This Corner of the World is already a blockbuster hit in its native Japan.  Japan Cuts hosted the US premiere of the film and I had a chance to chat with its producer, Maki Taro, about the risks and...

Japan Cuts 2017 Interview: Director Miyazaki Daisuke on YAMATO (CALIFORNIA)'s Political and Musical Inspirations and Implications

For his second feature film, Miyazaki Daisuke decided to turn his camera to his home town.  Setting a young rapper’s search for her own voice through the incessant roar of a neighboring US military base, Director Miyazaki and I chatted...

Japan Cuts 2017 Interview: Sahel Rosa on Breaking Taboos in WEST NORTH WEST

West North West’s bold, intimate study of three ladies brought together by attraction, yet isolated by race, religion and sexuality, features knockout performances by its leads.  Model, actress and television personality, Sahel Rosa spoke with me candidly about the challenges...

Japan Cuts 2017 Interview: Kan Hanae on Sex and Religion in WEST NORTH WEST and Unleashing Rap Fury in YAMATO (CALIFORNIA)

Having begun her acting career at age 10 in the hands of legendary Japanese director Suzuki Seijun, Kan Hanae has never stopped working.  Attending Japan Cuts, with not one, but two films, Kan spoke with me about the challenges of...

New York Asian 2017 Interview: Superstar Gang Dong-won on VANISHING TIME, Upcoming JIN-ROH and 1987

At the moment, in Korea, there aren’t many stars that shine brighter or hotter than Gang Dong-won.  The leading man of more than 20 features creates frenzies everywhere he goes, as proven by his appearance to receive the Star Asia...

Interview: Everardo González On His Powerful Documentary DEVIL'S FREEDOM

Everardo González, documentary filmmaker best known for Ladrones viejos and Drought (Cuates de Australia), is visibly enraged when he starts talking about the case of Javier Duarte, a Mexican politician who in early 2017 was detained for a huge corruption...

Fantasia 2017 Interview: Ted Geoghegan Talks MOHAWK and How to Subvert Expectations

It was a sun-hammered day in Syracuse, the penultimate day of shooting Mohawk, that I was invited on set to poke around, take a few pictures, and talk to the cast and crew of Ted Geoghegan's early 19th century action picture....

FANTASIA 2017 Interview: KILLING GROUND Director Damien Power Talks On Screen Violence, Tension And Camping in Australia

Damien Power’s horror thriller Killing Ground pitched its tent on American shores on today. The film also played to a sold out crowd here in Montreal last Friday, July 14th. Screen Anarchy was invited to toss some questions his way...

New York Asian 2017 Interview: MAD WORLD Director Wong Chun Challenges Misconceptions of Mental Illness

For his first feature film, director Wong Chun decided to shine a spotlight on the serious topic of mental illness, and one Hong Kong family’s struggle to cope. The project generated such momentum that both of its stars, Shaun Yue,...

New York Asian 2017 Interview: Legend Eric Tsang on Giving Back and Revitalising Hong Kong Cinema

One of the true legends of Hong Kong cinema, Eric Tsang has made more than 250 films in a career spanning over 40 years that shows no sign of stopping.     Tsang came to the New York Asian Film...

New York Asian 2017 Interview: In A QUIET DREAM, Director Zhang Lu and Star Han Ye-ri Blur Reality

After 2014’s acclaimed, Gyeongju, director Zhang Lu returns to the New York Asian Film Festival with A Quiet Dream.  With a little help from his star, Han Ye-ri, Zhang spoke with me about blurring the lines between the subconscious and...

New York Asian 2017 Interview: BAD GENIUS Stars and Director on Running a School for Scandal

Based on true incidents, Thailand’s Bad Genius is a very different kind of heist film.  The film’s director, Nattawut Poonpiriya and two stars, Chanon Santinatornkul and the New York Asian Film Festival’s Rising Star Award winner, Chutimon "Aokbab" Chuengcharoensuking talked...