EXCLUSIVE Interview: Bong Joon-ho On The Weinsteins, Tarantino And SNOWPIERCER (Part 1 of 3)

One of the best - and for the vast majority of people still hotly-anticipated - films of the year is Bong Joon-ho's fantastic science fiction thriller, Snowpiercer, in which the sole survivors of a nuclear winter reside within a single... More »
  

Interview: Matt Zoller Seitz And THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION

Matt Zoller Seitz is an acclaimed film and television critic. His current roles include editor-in-chief for rogerebert.com and television critic for New York Magazine. He has just published The Wes Anderson Collection, a filmology-turned-chronological insight into an epic conversation, and... More »
  

Tokyo 2013 Interview: Watanabe Hirobumi, The Not-So-Foolish Piggy, Talks AND THE MUD SHIP SAILS AWAY

And the Mud Ship Sails Away is an entertaining indie comedy set in Tochigi prefecture, a few hours north of Tokyo. It stars Shibukawa Kiyohiko as Takashi, an unemployed, unmotivated slob who one day gets a visit from a girl... More »
  

Keanu Reeves And Tiger Chen Talk MAN OF TAI CHI And The Meaning Of Martial Arts Films

Talk to Keanu Reeves and Tiger Hu Chen about their new film Man of Tai Chi? Whoa! Joking aside, it was a rare chance and one for which I was grateful. Reeves is a fascinating figure who has crafted a solid... More »
  

Tokyo 2013 Interview: Fukada Koji On His Rohmer-Inflected AU REVOIR L' ETE

Director Fukada Koji is no stranger to the Tokyo International Film Festival. His first feature Hospitalité was awarded the prize in the Japanese Eye section in 2010 before going on to screen at many other film festivals. Au revoir l'... More »
  

Interview: Albert Serra Reflects On His Feelings About STORY OF MY DEATH

During the Viennale I sat down with Albert Serra, whose Story of My Death recently won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. Due to the fact that one can easily find comments of the director about his working... More »
  

Interview: Corneliu Porumboiu talks about When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism

During the Vienna Film Festival I had the opportunity to sit down together with Corneliu Porumboiu, one of the greatest voices of New Romanian Cinema to talk about his latest feature When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism and about... More »
  

Morelia 2013 Interview: Sebastián Lelio Talks GLORIA And Jodorowsky

Gloria, Chile's Oscar submission, premiered in Mexico at the Morelia Film Festival. The director Sebastián Lelio made his first ever trip to Mexico and dedicated the Gloria screening to Alejandro Jodorowsky, who's also in Morelia. Friday (October 25) was a long... More »
  

Interview: Twitch Talks To Nicolas Winding Refn

Twitch is proud to be presenting a very special retrospective at Toronto's Bell Lightbox starting this week. Entitled With Blood on His Hands: The Films of Nicolas Winding Refn and curated by our own Todd Brown, this is a showcase... More »
  

"I Don't Need To Be Put On A Pedestal": An Interview With BASTARDS Director Claire Denis

Claire Denis goes all-out noir in Bastards, a brooding, nocturnal thriller where innocents get punished and good men die. With a star studded cast, Denis creates a film experience so seductive and mesmerizing, it reminded me of the exhilaration that... More »
  

Morelia 2013 Interview: Claudia Sainte-Luce On THE AMAZING CATFISH (LOS INSÓLITOS PECES GATO) And Her TIFF Experience

One of the most anticipated films from Morelia's official Mexican selection is Claudia Sainte-Luce's The Amazing Catfish (Los Insólitos Peces Gato), winner of the FIPRESCI Discover Award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2013. The Amazing Catfish will connect with... More »
  

Morelia 2013 Interview: Maria de Medeiros Talks Tarantino After 19 Years of PULP FICTION

Maria de Medeiros is in Morelia to present her latest film, the documentary Bacuri's Eyes (original title: Repare Bem). She's also part of the jury for the Mexican feature length film official selection. Bacuri's Eyes screened at the festival on... More »
  

Morelia 2013 Interview: Diego Quemada-Díez Says Ken Loach Loved LA JAULA DE ORO (THE GOLDEN CAGE)

Diego Quemada-Díez's La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Cage), Mexico's official submission for the upcoming Goya Awards, premiered in the country during the third day of activities at the Morelia Film Festival 2013. I watched it early in the morning... More »
  

Interview: Bogendorfer and Sedmak on INNERE BLUTUNGEN

During the Filmfest in Hamburg I had the opportunity to meet with Austrian directors Florian Sedmak and Anatol Bogendorfer and talk about their film Innere Blutungen. The film entirely consists of found footage and read-out newspaper articles showing rural life... More »
  

Interview: Yuasa Masaaki Talks About Anime! Part 2 of 2: Film, Music and Eroticism...

In part one of our interview with renowned animator Yuasa Masaaki, we covered the release of his new short Kick-Heart, the way it was produced and funded. In this second -- and much longer -- part, we cover pretty much... More »
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Interview: Director Alejandro Solar Talks EL PACIENTE INTERNO (THE CONVICT PATIENT)

Today, October 2, is the 45th anniversary of one of the darkest chapters in the history of Mexico: the 1968 Tlatelolco student massacre. While Mexico "never forgets" October 2, few people know that less than two years after this tragedy,... More »
  

Interview: Director Rodrigo Ordoñez On DEPOSITARIES, Mexican Science Fiction, And The Possibility Of A Remake

Rodrigo Ordoñez's first feature film Depositaries (Depositarios) opened in Mexican cinemas last Friday after three years of struggle for proper distribution, a delay that's not unusual when it comes to Mexican movies. The film had its festival run back in... More »
  

Interview: Nicolas Winding Refn On Sci-Fi And The Genius Of JODOROWSKY'S DUNE

A few months ago I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours talking with Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. While the bulk of that interview was about his latest directorial effort, Only God Forgives, for another publication (which... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Interview: Twitch Talks R100 With Matsumoto Hitoshi

Thursday, September 12, 2013 proved to be one of those extraordinary festival days for me. I found myself closing the day with a trio of highly interesting films from Asia, the last two forming one of the most perfect... More »
  

Interview: Yuasa Masaaki Talks About Anime! Part 1 of 2: KICK-HEART

Last month, Peter van der Lugt and I were given the chance to interview anime artist and director Yuasa Masaaki, following several festival screenings of his crowd-funded short film Kick-Heart. Saying that we are fans of his work is an... More »
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