FRAMELINE34 2010: Interview With Executive Director K.C. Price

I waited almost a little too long to interview Michael Lumpkin, Frameline's former Executive Director, before his unexpected retirement. I told myself not to hazard the same mistake twice and to make a more concerted effort to get to know... More »
By Michael Guillen   
  

HOLA MEXICO FILM FESTIVAL 2010: Interview With Samuel Douek

Though the touring Hola Mexico Film Festival (HMFF) was woefully under-attended during its San Francisco stint at Landmark's Embarcadero Cinema, it nonetheless provided a welcome program of both arthouse and popular films representing Mexico's cinematic output in the past year... More »
By Michael Guillen   
  

SFIFF53 2010: Two Questions For Walter Salles

"Cinema is, first and foremost, the projection of a cultural identity which comes to life on the screen. It mirrors or should mirror this identity. But that is not all. It should also dream it. Or make it flesh and... More »
By Michael Guillen   
  

PSIFF10: DAWSON ISLAND, 10: Interview With Miguel Littin

"We wanted to change history, but destiny led us to this strange sensation of uncertainty and defeat. What did we do wrong? What mistakes did we make?"--Sergio Bitar, Dawson Island prisoner, and author of Isla 10. "I felt like... More »
By Michael Guillen   
  

PSIFF10: THE MILK OF SORROW (LA TETA ASUSTADA, 2009): Interview With Dr. Kimberly Theidon

"The arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice."--Martin Luther King, Jr. As Claudia Llosa indicated in her Q&A session at the PSIFF10 screening of La Teta Asustada (The Milk of Sorrow, 2009), a book entitled Entre... More »
By Michael Guillen   
  

PSIFF10: THE MILK OF SORROW (LA TETA ASUSTADA, 2009): Q&A With Claudia Llosa

Peruvian director Claudia Llosa's sophomore feature La teta asustada (The Milk of Sorrow, 2009) stars Magaly Solier--with whom she worked on Madeinusa (2005)--and addresses the fears of abused women during Peru's recent history. It won both the Golden Bear... More »
By Michael Guillen   
  

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 »
By Michael Guillen   
  

AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD: Lisandro Alonso on LIVERPOOL

Seattle-based journalist Jay Kuehner introduced the screening of Liverpool. "I was told to keep it to five words," he quipped, "so: distant, remote, vodka....?" Kuehner opined that Liverpool consolidates one of the most thematically strong trilogies seen from the... More »
By Michael Guillen   
  

AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD: Lisandro Alonso on FANTASMA

As Jay Kuehner assesses for Parallax View: "Fantasma, per its title, coyly and spectrally endeavors to bring together the principal 'non-actors' of his previous films to Buenos Aires, to the fabled Teatro San Martín, for--what else?--a retrospective of Alonso's... More »
By Michael Guillen   
  

AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD: Lisandro Alonso on LOS MUERTOS

Introducing Los Muertos, Northwest Film Forum Program Director Adam Sekuler offered that Lisandro Alonso's characters are most often playing themselves and--while the trajectory of his films don't always follow a traditional plot--they do follow the trajectory of what all... More »
By Michael Guillen   
  

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 »
By Michael Guillen   
  

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 »
By Michael Guillen   
  

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 »
By Michael Guillen   
  

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 »
By Michael Guillen   
  

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 »
By Michael Guillen   
  

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 »
By Michael Guillen   
  

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 »
By Michael Guillen   
  

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 »
By Michael Guillen   
  

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 »
By Michael Guillen   
  

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 »
By Michael Guillen   
  
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