Home » July 31st, 2015 Entries posted on “July, 2015”

“There is No ‘Independent’ Cinema in Iran”: A Conversation with Producer Mostafa Azizi

By Hooman Razavi. Since February 2015, producer Mostafa Azizi has been detained in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison (when visiting an ailing parent) on a bogus charge of endangering national security and insulting the supreme leader. Azizi is sentenced to 8 years and is now waiting for an appeal, supposedly to be held soon. As one […]

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All About Asking Questions: Andrew Bujalski on Results

By Paul Risker.  A film’s journey is comprised of multiple steps. The next step or chapter for writer-director Andrew Bujalski’s fifth feature Results (2015), following its warm reception at SXSW and Sundance, is one of continuation, as the transfer of ownership from filmmaker to audience continues. Known for his comedies: Funny Ha Ha (2002), Mutual […]

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Sunset Edge: Children at Twilight

By Christopher Sharrett.  While watching Daniel Peddle’s very interesting Sunset Edge (2015), I couldn’t help but think of F.R. Leavis’s reaction to George Eliot’s final masterpiece Daniel Deronda (1876). He argued (very wrong-headedly) that the two “halves” of the novel didn’t cohere, and that the “Zionist half” should be cut away, leaving us a very credible novel […]

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Britain On Film – Britain’s History and the BFI Film Archive

By Cleaver Patterson.  Britain as a whole has a history as unique as that of the four regions which constitute it—England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. With this in mind it is hardly surprising that much of its story should have been captured on film. Since the emergence of the medium in the late Victorian […]

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Every Project is Unique: Enzo Cilenti on the Series Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

By Paul Risker.  “Every project is unique,” explained Enzo Cilenti who recently delved into the past to explore a tale of magic in the Industrial Age in the BBC’s adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (2015). Cilenti is no stranger to the small screen having appeared in Game of Thrones (2011- ), House M.D […]

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In Conversation with Cinematographers by David A. Ellis

In following up his 2011 book, Conversations with Cinematographers (Scarecrow Press), David A. Ellis presents his recently released In Conversation with Cinematographers (Rowman & Littlefield ISBN: 978-4422-5109-0; ebook: 978-14422-5110-6) which furthers the discussion with other practitioners of the often ignored trade. This collection of interviews with 23 cinematographers and camera operators, who have worked with Danny Boyle, Francis Ford […]

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Love at the Crossroads of Ethnic Conflict: Dalibor Matanic on The High Sun

By Amir Ganjavie. The brutal war that followed the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the hatred between Serbs and Croats have provided material for many Balkan filmmakers. Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun, a fresh take on the subject from Croatia, is the first film from that country to participate at Cannes since 1991, when Yugoslavia began to unravel. […]

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“We Who Live, Will Learn” – André Singer’s Night Will Fall on BFI DVD

By James Knight.  During his legendary conversation with François Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock remarked on the differences between feature and documentary filmmaking, stating that in documentary, god has already created all the elements for the director, whereas in feature filmmaking the director must essentially become his own god and create his own world with its own […]

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Men Who Save the World: an Interview with Producer, Sharon Gan

By Noah Charney. The first annual Kopedia Comedy Festival, held in the peaceful coastal town of Koper, Slovenia, a hybrid Italian-Germanic-Slavic port on the Adriatic, featured a special guest who, at least by Slovene standards, qualified as extremely exotic. Sharon Gan is a Malaysian producer, and had brought with her a new film to play […]

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Subversive Detection: Bruno Dumont on P’Tit Quinquin

By Paul Risker. The European continent shares an intimate connection to the detective archetype. Nordic shows The Killing (2007-2012), The Bridge (2011-) and Wallander (2005-2013), alongside the French double bill of Braquo (2009-2014) and Spiral (2005-) as well as Italy’s Inspector Montalbano (1999-2013) have over the past decade or so forged an indelible connection between […]

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