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Rotterdam 2020 Interview: Mattie Do Talks About THE LONG WALK

A few years ago, the International Film Festival Rotterdam re-instated its genre segment, the Rotterdämmerung, as part of the general program. And ever since it's back, it is always literally the first part of the programming where I will look....

Interview: Angela Schanelec on I WAS AT HOME, BUT...

It's never about interpretation, it's never about meaning, it's never about where we are going. Maren doesn't ask these because films are not about where we are going. (laughs) It's about a scene. Then another scene.

Rotterdam 2020 Interview: Fest Director Bero Beyer Talks Indie Cinema in the Age of Streamers

"It´s a rigged game," IFFR director says, on the situation of independent cinema in the era of constant transformations.

Interview: Richard Stanley Talks COLOR OUT OF SPACE, Nicolas Cage, and Clear and Present Dangers

The filmmaker talks about creating a believable family around Nicolas Cage and the relevance of the Cthulhu Mythos to the modern day.

Interview: Director Jennifer Reeder On The Sadness And Hopefulness Of KNIVES AND SKIN

In Knives and Skin, a date between two high school students, Carolyn Harper (Raven Whitley) and Andy Kitzmiller (Ty Olwin), goes terribly wrong, leading to misogynistic attitudes and the disappearance of the young girl. While writer/director Jennifer Reeder uses the...

Humorous Inventions: Jessica Hausner Talks LITTLE JOE

"I think there is sadness and there is lightness in all things. I don't go out to make a sad movie necessarily. As the saying goes, tragedy plus time is comedy. Then you can get that humor."

Interview: Danny A. Abeckaser Talks MOB TOWN, The Apalachin Mafia Meeting And THE IRISHMAN

The existence of organized crime in the United States was a debatable matter until late 1957, when more than 50 gangsters were arrested at a major Mafia meeting that took place in Apalachin, New York. That raid changed the course...

HEATHERS Interview: Michael Lehmann On The 30th Anniversary Of His Black Comedy And Why Donald Trump Ruined Satire

Life in high school can be rough, as social distinction is pretty much inevitable. In Heathers, the protagonist Veronica (one of Winona Ryder’s first roles) is trying to get along with the most powerful clique at her high school in...

Los Cabos 2019 Interview: THE IRISHMAN Producer Gastón Pavlovich On Martin Scorsese's Great Goodbye To Mobster Cinema

In 2016, the legendary Italian-American filmmaker Martin Scorsese managed to release Silence, a highly personal project that took him more than 25 years to complete. It's no secret that the key producer in the culmination of this effort was Gastón...

Interview: PRIMAL Director Nick Powell On His Old-School Action-Adventure Thriller

In Nick Powell’s Primal, the always entertaining Nicolas Cage stars as Frank Walsh, the movie's ultimate antihero who served in the military and worked at several zoos before becoming a professional hunter.  After spending some time in a Brazilian rainforest,...

SYNONYMS Interview: Nadav Lapid on Israeli Identity, Art of Persuasion, and Actor Tom Mercier

Synonyms, Nadav Lapid's semi-autobiographical film about a young Israeli man struggling with his country's identity, won him many accolades this year, including the Golden Bear at the Berlinale. The film is greatly aided by its fearless star Tom Mercier. I...

Interview: Fabrice du Welz Talks About First Love and His New Film ADORATION

For over 15 years, Belgian director Fabrice du Welz has been thrilling and challenging audiences with his transgressive genre features like Calvaire and Alléluia. With his latest film, Adoration, he explores the coming of age of 12-year-old Paul (Thomas Gioria),...

PARASITE Interview: Choi Wooshik on His Second Time Around with Bong Joon-ho

In the two years since Choi Wooshik made his appearance in Bong Joon-ho’s Okja, the sky has been the limit.  Choi has rocketed from bit parts in television dramas, to award-winning feature performances in Set Me Free and co-starring in...

PARASITE Interview: Park So-dam on Failure, Family, and "Appa" Song Kang-ho

After facing the rejection of 17 failed auditions a month, Park So-dam held to her dream, and is now one of South Korea’s most sought-after actresses.  Receiving worldwide acclaim for her role as the crafty, whipsmart baby sister of Parasite’s...

PARASITE Interview: Acting Legend Song Kang-ho on his "Relentless" Relationship with Bong Joon-ho

The term “God of Acting” gets thrown around pretty freely these days.  However, LMD got to meet the real deal.  In his fourth collaboration with Bong Joon-ho (after Memories of Murder, The Host and Snowpiercer), South Korea’s superstar, Song Kang-ho,...

JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT Interview: Jason Mewes Looks Back On 25 Years Of The View Askewniverse

It’s been 25 years since a 24-year-old filmmaker from New Jersey, very much inspired by Richard Linklater’s Slacker, went on to direct his own low-budget, independent and dialogue-driven effort. Of course I’m talking about Kevin Smith and his debut feature-length...

Los Cabos 2019 Interview: Ira Sachs Talks FRANKIE, Isabelle Huppert, The Influence Of Satyajit Ray And More

After world premiering at Cannes, where it competed for the Palm d’Or, writer/director Ira Sachs’ Frankie is now heading to the Los Cabos International Film Festival. Frankie centers on one day of the family of the titular character (an actress played...

Fantastic Fest 2019 Interview: Richard Stanley Talks COLOR OUT OF SPACE, Part 1

The filmmaker shares his favorite color, farm animal and Superman actor.

Interview: Miike Takashi on FIRST LOVE, Yakuza Subtypes, and the Joy of Not Evolving

After over 100 projects over 30 years, Miike Takashi has more than earned his status as one of the world’s most celebrated and fascinating directors.  Unrestrained by style, or genre, or the limits of “good taste,” Miike has fearlessly made...

Toronto 2019 Interview: Julie Delpy Creates MY ZOE

There are two excellent films contained within My Zoe, Julie Delpy’s latest turn as writer/director and co-star. One is a bleak breakup drama, worthy of Ingmar Bergman at his starkest, that relentlessly explores a former couple’s escalating worst nightmare. The...