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“If You Don’t Learn from the Greats, You’d Be Stupid”: An Interview with Cinematographer Robin Vidgeon

By David A. Ellis. Robin Vidgeon BSC born in August 1939 is a retired cinematographer. For many years he was a focus puller, working with the late cinematographer Douglas Slocombe and camera operator Bernard (Chic) Waterson. His last outing with them was on Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Vidgeon went on […]

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Violent Urban Transformation: Ali Vatansever on Saf

By N. Buket Cengiz. Ali Vatansever’s Saf (2018) was one of the outstanding films at the Human Rights in Cinema Competition at the 38th Istanbul Film Festival (2019). The film, which made its premiere at the 43rd Toronto Film Festival (2018), has received the Honorable Mention at the New Voices New Visions Award Section of the 30th Palm […]

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Surveying Shorts in 2019: A Interview with Sharon Badal (Tribeca Film Festival)

By Gary M. Kramer. This year, the Tribeca Film Festival had more than 5,100 submissions for its shorts programs. With help from an international programming team, curator Sharon Badal has compiled 11 shorts programs with various themes from the annual New York shorts program – this year’s entry, Streetwise is a collection of narrative shorts […]

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Larry Cohen in Conversation with Tony Williams: on Bone (1972)

To celebrate the life of Larry Cohen (1936-2019), Film International will excerpt portions of Tony Williams’s interviews with the filmmaker from Larry Cohen: Radical Allegories of an Independent Filmmaker, rev ed. (© 2015 Tony Williams by permission of McFarland & Company, Inc., Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640. www.mcfarlandbooks.com). Larry Cohen (LC): With a little bit of encouragement I wrote a script […]

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In Retrospekt: An Interview with Esther Rots and Dan Geesin

By Yun-hua Chen. With a puzzle plotline that resembles Memento, Retrospekt focuses on two women, Mette and Lee Miller, whose life at home is tumultuous in different ways. Mette, very convincingly portrayed by Circé Lethem, is on parental leave after having her second child. Her husband is not as family-centered and children-oriented as she would […]

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Living the Truth: Claus Räfle on The Invisibles

By Tom Ue. Claus Räfle has directed over forty feature-length documentaries for German television. Die Heftmacher earned the Grimme Award for best work of TV journalism. Der Kandidat, received honorable mention at the Max Ophüls Awards. His documentaries Blitzhochzeit in Dänemark and Die Stunde davor each received nominations for Best German TV Documentary from the […]

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Probing Bannon: Alison Klayman and Marie Therese Guirgis on The Brink

By Elias Savada. The Kimpton Hotel Monaco is just 9 blocks east of the White House, the work place of Stephen K. Bannon, a friend and strategist of the Commander in-Chief until his banishment from official duties in 2017. He still haunts the Capitol Hill neighborhood where he lives and works, but moviegoers will spot […]

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Heisting Nixon: Mark Steven Johnson on Finding Steve McQueen

By Jake Rutkowski. The 1972 United California Bank robbery and the gang that pulled it off don’t occupy a lot of space in the popular American bank heist imagination. The story has been covered in some true crime television documentaries here and there, but it doesn’t quite have the flashiness of your James Gangs, Dillingers, and […]

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Beyond the Stereotypes of a Selfie: An Interview with Agostino Ferrente

By Yun-hua Chen. Agostino Ferrente, the director of Selfie, started this film project with the initial intention to document the story of the 16-year-old Davide Bifolco, who was mistakenly shot dead by carabinieri in the Neapolitan district of Traiano. After casting several teenage boys and girls, the director gave a mobile phone and a microphone […]

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A National Pride for Tunisia: An Interview with Dhafer L’Abidine

By Neila Driss. During the 40th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), which took place from November 20 to 29, 2018, the Tunisian actor Dhafer L’Abidine was chosen as a member of the international competition jury, the most important competition of the festival. The Jury was presided by Danish director Bille August, one […]

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