AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD: Lisandro Alonso On LA LIBERTAD

"Film must provide audiences the opportunity to discover questions."--Lisandro Alonso. La Libertad (Freedom, 2001) screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, and scored nominations and wins on the film festival circuit, including the... More »
  

AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD: A Few Questions For Lisandro Alonso

Adam Sekular, Program Director for Seattle's Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), organized the retrospective "At the Edge of the World: the Cinema of Lisandro Alonso", which ran this past week November 11-19, 2009. All four of Alonso's films--La Libertad (2001),... More »
  

ARGENTINE CINEMA: LOS SANTOS SUCIOS / THE DIRTY SAINTS (2009)--Q&A With Luis Ortega

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 »
  

ARGENTINE CINEMA: THE HEADLESS WOMAN—Onstage Conversation Between Lucrecia Martel and B. Ruby Rich

As a companion piece to my Q&A transcript of the La Ciénaga screening at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts earlier this summer, I offer the subsequent evening’s conversation regarding La Mujer Sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman) between filmmaker... More »
  

DIASPORA BY THE BAY: SFJFF—Interview With Nancy K. Fishman and Joshua Moore

As the 29th edition of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) draws near to wrapping up at The Castro Theatre—its San Francisco venue—and continues on through August 8 at Berkeley's Roda Theatre and Palo Alto's Cinearts, I felt now... More »
  

ARGENTINE CINEMA—Lucrecia Martel on La Ciénaga

In yet another masterful programming coup, Joel Shepard scores one for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts with—not only the Bay Area premiere of Lucrecia Martel's latest film The Headless Woman—but a retrospective of her earlier films La Ciénaga... More »
  

TETRO—A Question for Francis Ford Coppola

Shortly before the hordes began chanting, "The Daily is dead; long live The Daily", David Hudson gathered reviews of Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro, first from its Cannes debut, and then later mid-June when it opened stateside. Here in San Francisco,... More »
  

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 »
  

TCM: 31 DAYS OF OSCAR—Interview With Robert Osborne

True to my own thematic heart, this year Turner Classic Movies (TCM) approaches the Oscar® season with its annual "31 Days of Oscar" organized as a university curriculum, with Academy Award®-winning and nominated films representing such a wide array of... 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 »
  

TONY MANERO—Interview With Pablo Larraín

Though disgruntled that promotional obligations during his five-day stint at the Toronto International Film Festival prevented him from catching any other films in the festival line-up, Pablo Larraín was nonetheless appreciative of the opportunity to attend with his second feature... More »
  

Hecho Por México: The Films of Gabriel Figueroa—Interview With Curator Steve Seid

"Figueroa skies." The image conjures the big sky country of the Mexican desert, embraced in high contrast by billowing cumulus clouds enhanced by infrared filters, and limned by the persevering thorn of the impoverished agave and the heartfelt offerings of... More »
  

NIFFF 2008 - Jesus Franco Talks 99 Women (1969)

Back on June 19th we brought you the Lars introduction to Jesus Franco's 1969 women in prison film, 99 Women (view here), and today we have Jesus Franco himself talking about the film. This interview took place at the 2008... More »
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Talking 'Global Metal' with Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn

Wicked. Had the chance to sit down with Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen, directors and writers of Metal: A Headbanger's Journey and the newest installment of their Metal franchise Global Metal which opens today in Toronto and Vancouver, then next... More »
  

Chilean martial artist Marko Zaror speaks to Kaiju Shakedown

If you haven't checked it out already head on over to Kaiju Shakedown and read excerpts of an interview Grady did with Chilean martial artist Marko Zaror. We're quite fond of his two movies Kiltro and Mirage Man and you... More »
  

LA CORONA—A Few Questions for Amanda Micheli

Let it be known that I listen to my filmbuds. If Brian Darr—dispatching to The Greencine Daily from the Sundance Film Festival—says a documentary short is a "doozy", my antennae quiver. "Doozy" is not a word you hear levied about... More »
  

THE VIOLIN—Interview With Francisco Vargas

Francisco Varga's multi-award winning Mexican drama, The Violin, opens January 11, 2008, in Bay Area theatres (including the Roxie Film Center in San Francisco and the Shattuck Cinema in Berkeley). The Violin, a Film Movement release, runs 98 minutes, is... More »
  

SILENT LIGHT—Two Questions for Carlos Reygadas

Along with the singular pleasure of sharing dim sum with Carlos Reygadas was the added pleasure of reading reactions to Silent Light—my favorite film from the Toronto International Film Festival—from two of my favorite Bay Area film writers. SF360's Max... More »
  

SILENT LIGHT—Dim Sum With Carlos Reygadas

It's just that kind of week. Again, due to pressing engagements during his brief stayover in San Francisco, Carlos Reygadas cancelled the interviews calendared by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. YBCA has a remaining screening of the Bay... More »
  
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