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Interview: Jim Jarmusch & THE DEAD DON'T DIE

Quite like the new Jim Jarmusch film, The Dead Don’t Die, Sturgill Simpson’s self-titled theme song delivers many delicious nuggets of zombie metaphor in a smilin’ down-home death-ballad drawl. ‘Oh the dead don’t die, any more than you or I,...

Cannes 2019 Interview: Abel Ferrara and TOMMASO

Like Harvey Keitel in Bad Lieutenant, Abel Ferrara is an artist who’s never been afraid to let it all hang out. In fact, I can think of few filmmakers more ready, willing and capable of cinematically exorcising personal demons in...

Interview: HALSTON Director Frédéric Tcheng and Producer Roland Ballester Rediscover the American Fashion Icon

Halston highlights of the glittering life, stratospheric success, and tragic dismantling of an American icon.  Roy Halston Frowick, a boy from the Midwest, came to New York City to put American fashion on the international map in a way never...

Cannes 2019 Interview: Takashi Miike's Dreamy Bloodbath FIRST LOVE

Well, it was bound to happen. If Takashi Miike made enough films - I think he’s well over 100 - he would eventually stumble into a project that, in addition to bearing typical descriptors like brutal and ultraviolent, might just...

SHADOW Interview: Actor Zheng Kai Embraces the Darkness

After appearing in his monster fantasy, The Great Wall, Director Zhang Yimou was so impressed with actor Zheng Kai that he brought him back for a starring role in his latest wuxia symphony, Shadow.   Zheng spoke exclusively with LMD...

SHADOW Interview: Actress Sun Li Sheds Light on Zhang Yimou's Latest

In Shadow, actress Sun Li portrays a noblewoman trapped in a deadly game of deception, as she must pass a body double off as her husband, a great and powerful commander at odds with their king.   In an exclusive...

Tribeca 2019 Interview: Director Edgar Nito On THE GASOLINE THIEVES

Fantastic cinema aficionados started to notice Edgar Nito back in 2014, when the young Mexican director made one of the segments of the horror anthology México Bárbaro. A year later, his short film Masacre en San José quickly took him to...

Tribeca 2019 Interview: AAMIS (RAVENING) Director Bhaskar Hazarika On Making Transgressive Cinema In Regressive India

One of the most exciting world premieres taking place at this year's Tribeca Film Festival in New York is Assamese director Bhaskar Hazarika's sophomore feature, Aamis (Ravening). Hazarika previously made a huge impression with his folk horror anthology Kothanodi (River...

Interview: Bi Gan Talks LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

There are many talented young filmmakers out there but no one impressed me with their first couple of highly ambitious and accomplished films like a 30-year old Chinese filmmaker Bi Gan did. The sheer technical prowess and visual and literal...

Andrew Koji Talks Cinemax's New Martial Arts Series WARRIOR

Recently I discussed Cinemax's Warrior with Andrew Koji, who stars as the main character Ah Sahm in the show. The series premieres April 5th on Cinemax; it is based on the writings of Bruce Lee and is officially sanctioned by...

WORKING WOMAN Interview: Director Michal Aviad Talks Conflict, Collaboration and a Tough Cultural Change

Now playing in New York City at the IFC Center, Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan, Working Woman is a timely and powerful "fictional account [that] left me shaken and disturbed," as I wrote in my review. It revolves around Orna...

HOTEL MUMBAI Interview: Director Anthony Maras on a Plea for Peace

On November 26, 2008, a multi-pronged attack of unfathomable destruction and carnage seized the city of Mumbai, India over three days.  Amidst the chaos, unarmed common people of all faiths and races banded together to survive the terrorist onslaught.    ...

SUNSET Interview: László Nemes on His Challenging, Mesmerizing New Film

I saw Hungarian director/writer László Nemes' sophomore film Sunset at this year's Film Comment Selects series and was blown away by it. It is just as strong as his phenomenal debut film Son of Saul, a riveting Holocaust drama that...

WELCOME TO ACAPULCO Interview: Director Guillermo Iván On His Video Game-Inspired Action Comedy

How in the hell did American video game designer Matt Booth (Michael Kingsbaker) end up in Acapulco, Mexico, being chased by several extremely dangerous characters? That’s the big question Guillermo Iván's action comedy Welcome to Acapulco seeks to answer, going...

ASH IS PUREST WHITE Interview: Jia Zhangke on Gangster Genre and His Film

With his sprawling gangster epic melodrama Ash Is Purest White opening this Friday in New York, Jia Zhangke, the master chronicler of changing China, was in town and I was lucky enough to snag an interview. Spanning 17 years, Ash...

Interview: Mia Hansen-Løve on Her Daring New Film MAYA

Mia Hansen-Løve is one of my very favorite directors working today. Her infinitely wise films about the passage of time, the beautiful characterizations of the people who inhabit her work, as well as her willingness to always expand her cinematic...

Interview: Ondi Timoner Digs Into MAPPLETHORPE

I was looking a little more than unkempt the day I met Mapplethorpe director, Ondi Timoner, at a coffee shop near Pasadena, California. My Los Angeles trip had just been extended a few days, which, while inconvenient as far as...

AMANDA Interview: Mikhaël Hers on Grief, Music and Summer

With his thoughtful presentation of loss, grief and human connection and youthful melancholy in medium length films (just around the 1-hour mark) Montparnasse and Primrose Hill, I was hooked on Mikhaël Hers’ gentle artistry. With the two features that followed,...

HORROR NOIRE Interview: Co-Writer/Producer Ashlee Blackwell on the Importance of Representation in Cinema

The vital documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, directed by Xavier Burgin and based on Robin R. Means Coleman’s book of the same name, invites us to know the perspective of African-Americans towards horror films. With a chronological...

Interview: Lee Chang-dong at MoMA, Part 2 of 2 - On Actors and Advice to Future Filmmakers

With a scant CV of a mere six feature films over 21 years, director Lee Chang-dong has carved out an immutable place in cinematic history for his brash, beautiful, raw, often disturbing explorations of the human condition.   Director Lee...