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: 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 »

Fantasia 2013 Interview: Hallucinating and Elucidating MAGIC MAGIC with Director Sebastián Silva

Magic Magic is a tight psychological bit of hysteria on just how far a breach of social contract can go, that sees an awkward Michael Cera terrorizing wilting wallflower Juno Temple at an island cottage in Latin America. After being wowed by... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Adrian Garcia Bogliano, Laura Caro And Francisco Barreiro Talk Fantastic Fest Winner HERE COMES THE DEVIL

Here Comes the Devil, which just swept the Horror Features category at the Fantastic Fest 2012 awards is, without doubt,  an Adrian Garcia  Bogliano film. Full of beautiful women, eye popping compositions, and dread drenched suspense, Bogliano's creative ownership over... More »
By Dave Canfield   

Twitch Talks With ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN Director Jose Padilha

ELITE SQUAD: The Enemy Within is the second in writer/director Jose  Padilha's intricate and operatic crime duology, about the turmoil and extreme violence in  the slums of Rio de Janeiro, between the police and gangs, who are  interminably locked in... More »
By Sean Smithson   

Interview: CALVET Director Dominic Allan

Earlier this year at the Edinburgh International Film Festival I had the chance to see Calvet (read my review here), a powerful and gripping documentary about a French painter called Jean Marc Calvet who turned his troubled life around. It... More »
By Ross Miller   


Matías Bize's La vida de los Peces (The Life of Fish, 2010) boasted its U.S. premiere at the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Programmed in the Awards Buzz sidebar as Chile's official submission to the Academy Awards®, the... More »
By Michael Guillen   

PERUVIAN CINEMA: OCTUBRE / OCTOBER (2010): Interview With Diego Vega

This has been a great year to engage with Peruvian cinema. Not only did I have the chance to speak with Claudia Llosa whose film La Teta Asustada (The Milk of Sorrow, 2009) was nominated for a Best Foreign Language... More »
By Michael Guillen   

PSIFF 2011: CARANCHO: Interview With Pablo Trapero

Pablo Trapero was born in San Justo, Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1971. He wrote, directed and edited the short films Mocoso Malcriado (1993) and Negocios (1995) before directing his feature debut, the award-winning Crane World (1999), a black and white... More »
By Michael Guillen   

TIFF 2010 / AFI FEST 2010: CARANCHO: Interview With Pablo Trapero

Pablo Trapero was born in San Justo, Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1971. He wrote, directed and edited the short films Mocoso Malcriado (1993) and Negocios (1995) before directing his feature debut, the award-winning Crane World (1999), a black and white... More »
By Michael Guillen   

Hacksaws, Flying Saucers, and Improv: Round 2 with MONSTERS' Gareth Edwards

[Can't get enough of MONSTERS? Or maybe you don't have time to explore/enjoy Kurt's ultra-in-depth interview at the moment? Well, here's another option for you, a quick Q&A from Peter with our man of the hour, Gareth Edwards]Team Twitch has... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

Allegories, Expectations and Effects: Round 1 with MONSTERS director Gareth Edwards

One of the more patient and subtle genre films to come along in some time, Gareth Edwards' directorial debut, Monsters, is a film with a title iconic and nebulous enough moniker to build a certain set of expectations like an... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

TIFF 2010: GUEST (2010): Interview With José Luis Guerín

"In the year from September 2007 until September 2008, I challenged myself by accepting without any exclusions all of the film festivals and events inviting me as a guest [for my film En la ciudad de Sylvia (In the... More »
By Michael Guillen   

TIFF 2010: NOSTALGIA DE LA LUZ (NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT, 2010): The MUBI Interview With Patricio Guzmán

In terms of Chilean filmmaking, this has been a great year for me as an interviewing journalist. First, I had the opportune pleasure of conversing with Miguel Littin (Dawson Island, 10, 2009) earlier this year at the Palm Springs... More »
By Michael Guillen   

TIFF 2010: LA VIDA ÚTIL (A USEFUL LIFE, 2010): The MUBI Interview With Federico Veiroj

Federico Veiroj's A Useful Life was the first film at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival I heard applauded at its press screening, confirming--as Diana Sanchez had written in her program capsule--that "for anyone who loves cinema in its... More »
By Michael Guillen   

TIFF 2010: Interview With Programmer Diana Sanchez

This was the first year--more than any other year I've attended the Toronto International--that its signature as a programmers festival seemed especially pronounced, which drew my attention to how the festival lineup has been selected, shaped and promoted largely... More »
By Michael Guillen   

PERUVIAN CINEMA: CONTRACORRIENTE (UNDERTOW, 2009): Interview With Javier Fuentes-León

Jesus was a sailor when he walked upon the water / and he spent a long time watching from a lonely wooden tower / and when he knew for certain only drowning men would see him / he said,... More »
By Michael Guillen   

SFSFF 2010: METROPOLIS (1927)--Onstage Interview With Eddie Muller, Paula Félix-Didier and Fernando Martín Peña

Eddie Muller is the consummate showman. Aware that his San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF) audience was restlessly grumbling because Metropolis (1927) was 40 minutes late getting started, he quipped, "When you've waited 83 years, what's another 40 minutes?"... More »
By Michael Guillen   

THE DIGNITY OF THE NOBODIES: Interview with Fernando "Pino" Solanas

[With the recent publication of my friend Matthew Losada's profile of Argentine documentarian Fernando Solanas for the Great Directors database at Senses of Cinema, I felt now would be a good time to revisit my interview with Solanas from the... More »
By Michael Guillen   
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