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Spearheading Arab Cinema in Palestine: An Interview with Annemarie Jacir on Wajib

By Ali Moosavi. In recent years, Palestinian cinema has come to the forefront of the Arab cinema and the prominent Palestinian film makers have established a global reputation for themselves. They have all tackled the Palestine issues in their own cinematic way. Elia Suleiman takes a surrealistic, absurdist view of the situation in films such […]

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Re-Animating Day of the Dead: An Interview with Johnathon Schaech

By Gary M. Kramer. Johnathon Schaech’s acting career has included such films as Gregg Araki’s cult classic The Doom Generation and Jocelyn Moorehouse’s How to Make an American Quilt. As he got bigger roles, such as Jimmy Mattingly in That Thing You Do, directed by Tom Hanks, Schaech also started taking lead roles in several […]

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Polish Social Dystopia: Bodo Kox on The Man with the Magic Box

By Martin Kudláč. Writer, director and actor Bodo Kox (né Bartosz Koszalka) introduced at Warsaw Film Festival his latest feature work, The Man with the Magic Box, shortly after its world premiere at Gdynia Film festival, a Polish showcase of domestic production. He garnered fair recognition and a following as an independent filmmaker and achieved mainstream […]

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The Carriage Set Upright: Stephen Broomer on Potamkin

By Brian Wilson. Stephen Broomer’s rapid ascension on the avant-garde landscape has been, quite simply, astounding. In the span of just seven years, Broomer has completed 35 short films and videos. His work utilizes a range of formats, including super 8, 16mm, and digital video, and is constantly pushing the boundaries of where the image […]

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A New Platform for Chinese Independent Cinema: An Interview with Jia Zhangke and Marco Muller

By Martin Kudláč. A new Chinese film festival emerged this year, Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival, inaugurated in the Ancient City of Pingyao listed on the World Cultural Heritage map. Founded by internationally-recognized Chinese independent writer-director-producer and seasoned festival director Marco Muller, the festival embraced dialogue between Eastern and Western cinema in “the […]

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Luck in Debuting from Georgia: An Interview with Ana Urushadze on Scary Mother

By Martin Kudláč. The emerging Georgian filmmaker Ana Urushadze unveiled her first feature-length directing effort Scary Mother, a Georgian-Estonian co-production made at the prestigious Swiss showcase in Locarno. While introducing her bleak psychological drama about emancipation onto the festival circuit, she nabbed the Swatch First Feature Award at the Concorso Cineasti del Presente section. Scary Mother […]

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Money, Censorship, and Films of the Chinese Independent Cinema: An Interview with Han Dong

By Martin Kudláč. The inaugural edition of the Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival introduced several emerging filmmakers from the Chinese independent cinema. China produces over 800 films annually and lacks a vital platform to curate new independent production for potential domestic and international releases. Pingyao was founded by successful independent filmmaker Jia […]

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“And ‘Nothingwood’ in Afghanistan”: An Interview with Sonia Kronlund

By Yun-hua Chen. Sonia Kronlund came to filmmaking by way of philosophy, criticism, and broadcasting. She studied philosophy at Sorbonne in Paris before developing a career as a French radio reporter. For 15 years she reported from Afghanistan about the war, as well as from Japan and Iran, while contributing reviews to Cahiers du Cinema. In 2017 she […]

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Daniel Radcliffe Survives: Dana Lustig on Jungle

By Tom Ue. In Bolivia, 1981, Yossi Ghinsberg (played by Daniel Radcliffe), Kevin (Alex Russell), and Marcus (Joel Jackson) meet the mysterious (and apparently more experienced) traveler Karl (Thomas Kretschmann), who becomes their guide into the uncharted Amazon. Some weeks into the trip, the group separated into two. Following a rafting accident, Ghinsberg is also separated […]

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Assisting a First-Time Director: Robin Vidgeon on Lensing Hellraiser

By David A. Ellis. Robin Vidgeon was born in August 1939 and has worked on numerous films. For many years he worked with the legendary cinematographer Douglas Slocombe as his focus puller. His last two films with Slocombe were Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Apart from features he […]

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