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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...

Interview: William Oldroyd on LADY MACBETH and Working with a Largely Female Cast and Crew

I had the privilege to watch Lady Macbeth at this year's New Directors/New Films Series in the spring and got a chance to talk to its director William Oldroyd about his very accomplished first feature. The riveting, radical film was...

Edinburgh 2017 Interview: Choose WONDER WOMAN, Choose T2 TRAINSPOTTING, Choose a Chat with Ewen Bremner

It was on Edinburgh’s Princes Street that most people got their first look at actor Ewen Bremner. In the role of loveable addict Spud, he was sighted running down the famous shopping street with best pal Renton in tow, stolen...

Neuchatel 2017 Interview: Takashi Miike on JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE, Joining the Academy and Shooting in Sitges

The 17th Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival is underway this week in the idyllic Swiss city, where Japanese director Takashi Miike is the guest of honour. The prolific auteur behind such classics as Audition, Ichi the Killer and 13 Assassins...

Interview: Bong Joon-ho on OKJA's Inspirations and Controversies

It all began with a drawing of a little girl and a giant pig.  Okja is Director Bong Joon-ho’s fantastic journey of a brave child fighting capitalism, betrayal, instant celebrity, and a world full of ills to save her beloved pet...

Edinburgh 2017 Interview: GOD'S OWN COUNTRY, Director Francis Lee Talks About His Festival Opening Film

After years living amidst the urban wilderness of London, actor Francis Lee returned to his pastoral Yorkshire roots to write and direct his debut feature God’s Own Country. Set amidst the desolate beauty of northern England’s Yorkshire Pennines, the film...

Choi Wooshik on Joining the International Cast of OKJA

Choi Wooshik’s outstanding performance in 2014’s haunting, heartbreaking SET ME FREE not only won him the Busan International Film Festival Actor of the Year and the prestigious Blue Dragon awards, it also gained him a place in the incredible international...

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...