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Rocket Mom: An Interview with Alice Winocour on Proxima

By Ali Moosavi. A welcome fact at San Sebastian was that women film directors were conspicuous by their presence this time. Proxima (dir. Alice Winocour) depicts the challenges that a woman astronaut, who is also a single mother, has to face in order to realize her lifelong ambition of going on a space mission. Sarah […]

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Coding the Language: Corneliu Porumboiu on The Whistlers

By Amir Ganjavie. A la Police, Adjective (2009) and with a tough of noir style, Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Whistlers introduces us to the Canary Islands language and its specificity. The beautiful shots in the film, impressive performances by the cast, a sublime and a pleasant set design; they all have contributed to creating a memorable film.  Here […]

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The Beast Survives: Ivan Silvestrini on Dragonheart Vengeance (2020)

By Tom Ue. The opening of Dragonheart Vengeance (2020) juxtaposes two seemingly unrelated narratives. First, we learn of the appearance of the dragon Siveth (voiced by Helena Bonham Carter) in a war-torn kingdom. Where formerly it was greeted as a beacon of hope, it has now been banished, becoming the stuff of whispers. Second, we […]

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Interweaving Korean Film and Performance: A Conversation with Korean Filmmaker and Performance Director Kim Tae-yong

By Areum Jeong. Korean filmmaker Kim Tae-yong made his directorial debut in 1999 with Memento Mori (directed with Min Kyu-dong), the second installment of the girls’ high school horror film series. The film was hailed as one of the most beautiful horror films in Korean cinema and received Best New Director at the Baeksang Arts Awards. His […]

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A National Tradition Continues: Festival Director Kamel Aouij on the 2020 Panorama International Short Film Festival

By Matthew Fullerton. Tunisia is no stranger to film festivals. Well before its 2011 Jasmine Revolution, which toppled a 25-year old authoritarian regime that had stifled freedom of expression, film festivals were not uncommon in the North African country of 11.5 million. The JCC (Journées cinématographiques de Carthage), for instance, was conceived in 1966 by […]

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“A Love Letter to Life and Film”: An Interview with Willem Dafoe on My Hindu Friend

By Patrick McGilligan. Five years after it was made, My Hindu Friend, directed by Hector Babenco, finally is being shown in limited English-language markets. Fans and scholars familiar with the Argentinian-Brazilian filmmaker’s best-known works – Pixote in 1981, his breakthrough, Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), Ironweed (1987) and At Play in the Fields of […]

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Much to Remember: Chris Wade on Memories of Lindsay Anderson

By Tony Williams. Leeds-born Chris Wade is one those unique talents thankfully outside the existing psychologically dysfunctional terrain of higher education. A highly creative and prolific artist, filmmaker and musician, he has distinguished himself in so many areas. His name came to my attention when reading one of my favorite Facebook pages Talking Pictures Discussion […]

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Refusal to Respond – David Shields and Lynch: A History

By Matthew Sorrento. Review Filmmaker David Shields found an ideal style to document the onscreen (but off the field) career of NFL running back Marshawn Lynch (2007-18). Far from a fan documentary, Lynch: A History uses collage to portray the news media’s possession and the public’s consumption of a star player unconcerned with all of the […]

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“Cinema is strong and some people are afraid of it”: An Interview with François Ozon

By Alex Ramon. Speaking with Film International last year, François Ozon asserted that, for him, “the story comes first” when choosing a project. In his new film, By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) Ozon draws for the first time on current events for the narrative, telling the story of how a group of men […]

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A Hidden Gem: Interview with Trương Minh Quý (Nhà cây / Tree House, 2019)

By Yun-hua Chen. A hidden gem in the sidebar section “Concorso Cineasti del presente” at Locarno Film Festival, Trương Minh Quý’s Nhà cây (Tree House) is a co-production from Singapore, Vietnam, Germany, France and China which sets in the futuristic 2045 but recounts a story of the past. In the imagined sci-fi framework, a filmmaker on […]

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