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Into the Land of Salt and Fire: An Interview with Veronica Ferres

By Jeremy Carr. Since the late 1980s, German actress Veronica Ferres has appeared in dozens of films and television productions, garnering widespread praise in the process. In recent years, she has starred in such English-language titles as Pay the Ghost (2015), with Nicholas Cage, and The Comedian (2016), with Robert De Niro. Meanwhile, Werner Herzog, […]

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Practicable Jokes in Macdonald Hall: An Interview with Mike McPhaden

By Tom Ue. Following the enormous critical and commercial success of Go Jump in the Pool (2016), based on Gordon Korman’s novel of the same title, director Vivieno Caldinelli and the cast return for two more adaptations of Korman’s Macdonald Hall titles: The Wizzle War and This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall. In what follows, […]

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The Women’s Balcony: An Interview with Screenwriter Shlomit Nehama

By Anna Weinstein. The Israeli film, The Women’s Balcony, directed by Emil Ben-Shimon and written by Shlomit Nehama, is a comedy/drama about community, old traditions and values, and the power of women to keep all of these together in the face of modern extremism. The story is set into motion when the women’s balcony in an […]

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Work Through All the Fun and Rubbish: An Interview with Cinematographer Chris Challis

By David A. Ellis. Christopher Challis was born in Kensington, London on the 18th March 1919. His father was a motorcar designer and Challis was privately educated at Kings College in London. His first taste of the movie business was working for Gaumont British in their newsreel department. He was a founding member of the British […]

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Between the Cultural and the Personal: Javid Rezai and Afsaneh Dehrouyeh on Pegah

By Ali Moosavi. Short narrative films are perhaps the most unseen and neglected branch in cinema industry’s output. In recent years, documentaries, another branch of cinema which received relatively little exposure, have really grown in stature, and many documentaries, as well as being shown in dedicated festivals and various TV channels, have received successful theatrical screenings. […]

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At Home in Akron: An Interview with Sasha King and Brian O’Donnell

By Tom Ue. Akron is the first film directed by Sasha King and Brian O’Donnell, an independent film written by the latter. Shot on location in Akron, Ohio, the film stars Benny (Matthew Frias) and Christopher (Edmund Donovan), who are linked by a tragic past. In what follows, we discuss the film’s production. Akron is the first […]

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Privacy Interrupted: Taraneh Alidoosti on Salesman

By Amir Ganjavie. Asghar Farhadi’s newest film, The Salesman, recently won prizes at Cannes for both Farhadi’s screenplay and for Shahab Hosseini’s lead performance. The film presents the familiar idea of private space being disrupted and touches upon the question of how violence emerges in society and how a non-violent and peaceful character can turn monstrous. Farhadi […]

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Under the Shadow of Missile Fire: An Interview with Babak Anvari

By Ali Moosavi. A few years ago an impressive short film debuted called Two and Two (2011). Fast forward to 2016 and that young filmmaker, Babak Anvari, has made his first feature, Under the Shadow. This psychological supernatural thriller, not only a hit with the critics, also impressed the British Academy of Film and Television […]

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On Communal Love and Sharing: Thomas Vinterberg on The Commune

By Amir Ganjavie. Based on firsthand observations from his childhood, Thomas Vinterberg’s latest movie, The Commune, helps us reflect on the difficulties involved in many people living and sharing together in a big house. This take on communal living could be seen as a metaphor for a type of idealized alternative society. Cinema in the recent […]

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Complexity in the Ordinary: An Interview with Kelly Reichardt on Certain Women

By Amir Ganjavie. The latest film from Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women, centers on topics that define and characterize her cinema. Based on short stories from Maile Meloy’s collection Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It, the film presents a story of four strong, independent women coping with the difficulties of living in an especially capitalist and […]

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