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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...

Interview: Quarxx Discusses A NEARLY PERFECT BLUE SKY, the Most Shocking Short of 2016

Those who have been keeping a close eye on the short film programs of international festivals will have seen a select number of titles popping up all over the world in 2016. Particularly noteworthy for the numerous awards they both...

Interview: André Hedetoft and Emelia Hansson Talk ORIGIN, a Swedish Sci-Fi Thriller that Biohacks Beyond Human Limits

Where do you draw the line between ethics and scientific progress, and can one still break new ground without taking risks? Julia (Emelia Hansson) and Rebecca (Sandra Redlaff) hardly have time to ponder such questions. As young scientists with a...

Interview: Johnny Ma Talks His Riveting Feature Debut OLD STONE

Old Stone was originally written as a US film with Micheal Shannon in mind in Detroit. And it was supposed to be my second feature film. I wanted to take premise of the film away from China that the conversation wouldn't be just about, 'it only happens in China'. What drove me most was to show how a good person turns bad. I wanted the conversation to be about that than the actual environment, where the incident inspired the movie actually happened.

Cutting It: Paul Cartlich Talks a Career in Trailer Editing

Trailers. The announcement of a project is one thing, but it’s not until a trailer gives form to the fantasies in our heads that the anticipation and excitement really begins to take root. Once confined to the cinema screen, trailers...

Interview: Alex Helfrecht & Jörg Tittel Talk THE WHITE KING

Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel's new film The White King, which made its European debut at Black Nights festival last week, is an all-too-familiar look at a dystopian future, about a boy living in a totalitarian regime. In my review,...

Interview: Lucile Hadzihalilovic On EVOLUTION

"It was not like, 'ok now I'm going to do the boys version'. Not at all. It was more of a small intimate story in the beginning between a boy and his mother in the hospital."

Interview: The Legendary Nakadai Tatsuya on Counterculture Cinema and Japan's Current Nationalism

At 83 years young, Nakadai Tatsuya is one of the lions of the Golden Age of Japanese cinema, still at the top of the bill after over 160 films.  Selling out his recent appearance at New York’s Japan Society, the...

Interview: Unpacking The Technicolor Radiance Of THE LOVE WITCH With Director Anna Biller

The Love Witch opened in Los Angeles this past Friday and premieres in New York next week. It was easily one of my favourite experiences in the cinema this year and it was a privilege to see it at the...

Interview: ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM Creator Matsui Yusei on Movie Adaptations and Saying Goodbye to Koro Sensei

After drawing the final chapters of ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM, one of Japan’s most successful recent manga, creator Matsui Yusei visited the US for the first time for New York Comic Con.  As the only English-language interview granted during his first stop...