By David D'Arcy
March 13, 2006 - 7:57 AM PST

"Tristram Shandy, the unfilmable novel, is not so unfilmable after all," writes David D'Arcy, introducing the conversation he had with director Michael Winterbottom when his adaptation of Laurence Sterne's 18th century classic, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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By Jay Kuehner
March 6, 2006 - 9:56 AM PST

Last August, in an interview with Sean Axmaker, Gus Van Sant talked about how, watching the films of Bé Tarr, he could imagine "a parallel cinema" growing up alongside, say, D.W. Griffith's. That partly explains why, as Peter Hames has written in Kinoeye, Tarr is "set to mark the first genuine international breakthrough by a Hungarian auteur since Miklóancsóont> in the 60s." Here, Jay Kuehner talks with Tarr about Werckmeister Harmonies, just out on DVD.

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By Sean Axmaker
March 1, 2006 - 3:43 AM PST

Gavin Hood's feature debut got him named one of "Ten Directors to Watch" by Variety. Then, In Desert and Wilderness. Then, silence. For four years. He was working all that time on Tsotsi, which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Sean Axmaker talks to the South African director about the influence of varied cultures of a vast continent on his widescreen tale.

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By John Esther
February 27, 2006 - 12:12 AM PST

John Esther meets Felicity Huffman just as she's broken through after years of relative obscurity as an actress. Suddenly, she's got an Emmy for her work in the enormously popular television series, Desperate Housewives, and an Oscar nomination for her performance as a man on the verge of becoming a woman in Transamerica.

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By John Esther
February 24, 2006 - 12:27 AM PST

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, nominated for an Academy Award this year in the Best Foreign Film category, is a harrowing account of the last five days in the life of Scholl and other members of the White Rose group of young Germans who resisted the Nazi regime. John Esther talks with director Marc Rothemund and his lead actress, Julia Jentsch.

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By Jonathan Marlow
February 21, 2006 - 11:46 PM PST

Between working with Alejandro Jodorowsky and, most recently, making the documentary Rush to War, Robert Taicher has directed features of his own. One of them, Shut Yer Dirty Little Mouth, a hit at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival in 2002, returned to the Roxie Cinema (and the Elmwood Theatre in Berkeley) in late February. Jonathan Marlow talks with him about his wide-ranging career.

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By Sean Axmaker
February 20, 2006 - 1:34 PM PST

"Pablo Berger's Torremolinos '73 is one of the funniest and slyest satires ever to come out of Spain," writes Sean Axmaker, who talks with the director about the political, cultural and sexual repression under Franco - and how his characters find ways to indulge ravenously anyway.

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By Jonathan Marlow
February 15, 2006 - 1:13 PM PST

Writing in the New York Times, Dennis Lim recently called Carlos Reygadas's second feature, Battle in Heaven, "an anomaly among today's explicit art films, which often deploy sex more as a stunt than a subversion." Jonathan Marlow spoke with the controversial director at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

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By David D'Arcy
February 10, 2006 - 11:57 AM PST

CSA: The Confederate States of America "exhibits a canny aptitude for using its wealth of make-believe details as a prism for our contemporary culture's continuing legacy of tense racial inequality," Nick Schager has written in Slant. The premise: the South won the Civil War. What happened then? David D'Arcy talks to the maker of this faux documentary, Kevin Willmott.

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By Hannah Eaves
February 9, 2006 - 12:08 PM PST

Following her conversation with James Longley about what the future might hold for Iraq, Hannah Eaves turns to Eugene Jarecki to discuss his documentary, Why We Fight, which addresses, in part, how the US ended up over there in the first place. She also asks what it is he admires in Dwight Eisenhower and Frank Capra.

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