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Flicks and Politics: An Interview with Rob Reiner

By Ali Moosavi. Rob Reiner is one of the most successful American directors working today. However, it’s difficult to pin him down to any particular genre or style of film making. He has made one of the greatest cult comedies of all time (This Is Spinal Tap, 1984), two of the best Stephen King adaptations […]

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Bromance, Romanian Style: Andrei Cretulescu on Charleston

By Martin Kudláč. The Romanian writer-director-producer Andrei Cretulescu rolled out his first feature-length offering Charleston at the biggest Swiss showcase in Locarno. The film continued to tread the festival circuit and made a stop-over in Warsaw where Film International caught up with the filmmaker. Diverging from the aesthetics of the New Romanian wave, Cretulescu crafted a […]

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Dread and Genetics – An Interview with Hèctor Hernández Vicens on Day of the Dead: Bloodline

By Tom Ue. Hèctor Hernández Vicens reimagines George A. Romero’s 1985 zombie classic in his new film Day of the Dead: Bloodline. Starring Johnathon Schaech, Sophie Skelton, and Marcus Vanco, Bloodline follows a med-school student (Skelton) into an apocalyptic, zombie-filled world, where she is haunted by a half-human, half-zombie. Vicens is a novelist, film and TV […]

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Out of a Bleak Past: An Interview with Lynne Ramsay on You Were Never Really Here

By Ali Moosavi. In 90 years of Academy Awards, only one woman director, Kathryn Bigelow, has been awarded the Best Director Oscar. The recent stories of women harassment in the American film industry has shown that it has indeed been a man’s world in Tinsletown though this is surely changing now. One of those rare […]

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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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