TIFF 2010: THE POLL DIARIES (2010): Interview With Chris Kraus

Chris Kraus was born in Goettingen, Germany and studied at the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin, where he now teaches. Already a noted scriptwriter before making his debut as a director, Kraus scored a notable success... More »

TIFF 2010: Writer-Director Kire Paputts' Talks ANIMAL CONTROL

One of the more striking films in the Short Cuts Canada program is Kire Paputts' Animal Control, the story of an amateur taxidermist and his relationship with a dog he finds struck by a car at the side of... More »
By Todd Brown   

John Carpenter Talks THE WARD, THE THING And Canadian Recreation ...

In just a few day's time legendary director John Carpenter will be returning to the big screen for the first time in nearly a decade when his new film, The Ward, screens as part of the Midnight Madness program at... More »
By Todd Brown   

The New American Horror: Jim Mickle

[In honor of his latest film, Stake Land, being selected to the Toronto International Film Festival, we proudly re-introduce the interview we ran with director Jim Mickle back in April.]Five directors. Ten questions. Meet the face of The New American... More »
By Todd Brown   

Sundance 2010: Cordell Barker Talks RUNAWAY

[With Cordell Barker's Runaway screening at Sundance, we present again the interview with Barker I conducted at the Toronto International Film Festival.]One of the most acclaimed animators in Canada, the only complaint about director Cordell Barker is he just doesn't... More »
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PHANTOMSCHMERZ (PHANTOM PAIN, 2009): Interview With Matthias Emcke & Til Schweiger

San Francisco's Berlin & Beyond Film Festival would have been the venue where I imagine San Franciscans might have had the opportunity to catch Matthias Emcke's debut feature Phantomschmerz (Phantom pain, 2009); but as that film festival is still reeling... More »

CRAB TRAP (2009): Interview With Oscar "Papeto" Ruiz Navia, Rodrigo Vélez & Arnobio Salazar Rivas

There is an intimate scene in Oscar Ruiz Navia's debut feature Crab Trap (El Vuelco del Cangrejo, 2009) that reveals the true translation of the film's title. Daniel, a "white" stranger, has drifted into the Afro-Colombian coastal village of La... More »

UN PROPHÈTE (A PROPHET, 2009): Interview With Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain & Tahar Rahim

Since first writing up Jacques Audiard's Un Prophète (A Prophet) at this year's Toronto International--where it arrived fresh from its Grand Prix win at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival--the film has secured numerous nominations and awards, including (most recently)... More »

Ask Him Again, His Soul is Still Dancing. 15 minutes with Werner Herzog.

One of the pleasures of going to film festivals are the Q&A sessions afterwards.  If you read humour pieces regarding this aspect of the festival experience, they are often snarky little pieces about the awful questions fielded by audience... More »


Speaking with Diana Sanchez at the start of this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), she advised that one of her criteria for choosing Latino films for TIFF is to determine the films that most characterize the cinematic landscape... More »

TIFF09: THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES--Interview With Juan José Campanella

Yesterday's announcement that Juan José Campanella's The Secret in Their Eyes / El Secreto de sus ojos (2009) has been chosen as Argentina's Oscar® submission for the 82nd Academy Awards® toggled me to transcribe my conversation with director Campanella... More »

TIFF 09: The Many Dimensions of Joe Dante

It has been a good year for Joe Dante.  Releasing his first feature in over 6 years, on the festival circuit for now, as well as being on the Jury for Venice and also receiving the inaugural prize for 3D,... More »

TIFF 09: Johnnie To Talks VENGEANCE

This year the Toronto International Film Festival presented a pair of films that bore the mark of iconic Hong Kong director Johnnie To:  his directorial effort Vengeance and a film which he produced, Accident.  We had the chance to sit... More »
By Todd Brown   

TIFF 09: "In My Opinion You Shouldn't Comfort The Audience." An Interview With Ole Bornedal.

Ole Bornedal's violent and troubling thriller Deliver Us From Evil has placed itself as my personal favorite film of the year so far and while the director was in town to present the picture to North American audiences for the... More »
By Todd Brown   

TIFF09: TO DIE LIKE A MAN--Interview With João Pedro Rodrigues & Alexander David

"There are no secrets; only shame."--Tonia. [This entry is dedicated to Johnny Ray Huston, whose Cinema Scope article "Double 'O' Heaven: The Vertigo Pop and Phantom Desires of João Pedro Rodrigues" provided some of the first working language to appreciate... More »

TIFF 09: Nicolas Winding Refn Talks VALHALLA RISING

[We had the chance to speak with Denmark's Nicolas Winding Refn nearly a year ago about his pair of 2009 films - Bronson and Valhalla Rising - and with Valhalla now premiering at TIFF we thought it was a good... More »
By Todd Brown   

TIFF 09: Director Rick Jacobson Talks BITCH SLAP!

[This review was originally conducted slightly more than a year ago when the film was still in progress but with Bitch Slap taking its first public appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival now seems like a good time to... More »
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LA VENTANA (THE WINDOW)--Interview With Carlos Sorín

The World Premiere of Carlos Sorín's La Ventana (The Window) at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival came and went as quietly as the film's narrative about the last day in the life of Antonio, an 80-year-old writer awaiting the... More »

CHE—Interview With Steven Soderbergh

As a long-time admirer of Steven Soderbergh's unique genius as a maverick filmmaker, I was one of the many who thronged to see the roadshow edition of Che at its Toronto International screening, and—despite considerable distraction at the festival—felt compelled... More »

WALTZ WITH BASHIR—Interview With Ari Folman

It took four years for Israeli director Ari Folman to complete his animated documentary Waltz With Bashir, which was entered in the competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Though—despite predictions—it did not win that honor,... More »
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