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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...

L'Etrange 2016: Julia Ostertag Talks Fetish, Fantasy and Human Horse-play in DARK CIRCUS

When I meet director Julia Ostertag backstage at L’Etrange Festival she’s clutching a book by Alejandro Jodorowsky who’s due to appear on stage later in the day. Like her hero, Julia’s a student of The Tarot, and the divinatory cards...

L'Etrange 2016: Michael O'Shea Talks Vampires, Teen Movies and THE TRANSFIGURATION

After appearing in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes this year, director Michael O’Shea took to the festival circuit with his challenging vampire movie, The Transfiguration, before finally arriving here in Paris for L’Etrange. The film follows Milo, a...

Exclusive Interview: Talking THE HANDMAIDEN With Park Chan-Wook

For several decades now Park Chan-Wook has been at the forefront of Korean Cinema that’s finding International audiences. His films are often breathtaking and full of bravado, solidifying sensuality and revenge in equal measure to craft works that both thrill...

FrightFest 2016 Interview: Dominic Monaghan Talks Blood and Stalking in PET

Best known for playing a loveable hobbit, actor Dominic Monaghan goes defiantly against type to play the lead in Carles Torrens' new horror, Pet. Monaghan takes the role of Seth, a friendless loser who develops an obsession with a girl...

Locarno 2016 Interview: Kim Seong-hun Talks THE TUNNEL

Kim Seong-hun's follow-up to 2014's hit A Hard Day was screening in Locarno's majestic Piazza Grande. ScreenAnarchy had the chance to sit down with him to discuss his new film, The Tunnel, which is currently smashing the Korean box office....

Fantasia 2016 Interview: Steven Shainberg on RUPTURE

Rupture is the latest film from writer-director Steven Shainberg (Secretary) and it had its world premiere at Fantasia. Shainberg often works with complex female characters and stories, and Rupture is no different. In the film, Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, Prometheus)...

Japan Cuts 2016 Interview: Cut Above Award Winner Lily Franky on THE SHELL COLLECTOR

Novelist, illustrator, scriptwriter, radio host, and even as a singer, Lily Franky mastered many arts before his muse called him to become one of Japan’s most popular character actors.  Receiving Japan Cuts’ Cut Above award, Franky spoke with me about...

Japan Cuts 2016 Interview: THE ACTOR Director Yokohama Satoko on Walking the Tightrope Between Art and Entertainment

After her surreal exploration of country life, Bare Essence of Life (aka Ultra Miracle Love Story) screened at Japan Cuts in 2010, director Yokohama Satoko visits this year’s festival with The Actor, a triptastic peek into the mind and soul of...

Japan Cuts 2016 Interview: NAGASAKI: MEMORIES OF MY SON Composer Sakamoto Ryuichi on Oshima and Bertolucci

Artist, innovator, Oscar-winner, and genius are only some of the words used to describe Sakamoto Ryuichi. Since his groundbreaking debut in 1977 with his group, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Sakamoto has changed the face of modern music. He has lent his...

Japan Cuts 2016 Interview: One Hitoshi on the Mysterious World of Mangaka with BAKUMAN

After his exuberant hit Love Strikes excited the 2012 festival, director One Hitoshi visited Japan Cuts with Bakuman, his rousing and heartfelt take on the mysterious, misunderstood world of the manga artist.  One spoke with me about CG battles and...