International

Ramin Bahrani By David D'Arcy

Ramin Bahrani has followed up his widely acclaimed Man Push Cart with Chop Shop, and we've been watching the accolades pour in at GreenCine Daily. Currently screening at New York's Film Forum through March 11, this "low-budget vétériumph" (David Edelstein, New York) will make its way throughout the country over the next several weeks.

David D'Arcy talks with Bahrani about Abbas Kiarostami's admiration for the film, how it differs from the Dardenne brothers's work, nailing the sound of New York and about why kids could get just as much out of the movie as adults.

Blog entry 03/01/2008 - 5:22am

James McAvoyBy Jeffrey M. Anderson

He's only 28, but James McAvoy has already played roles originally conceived by a mini-pantheon of British literary greats: Shakespeare and Jane Austen, for starters. Evelyn Waugh and C.S. Lewis. And contemporaries such as Zadie Smith, Giles Foden, and now, Ian McEwan.

In screenwriter Christopher Hampton and director Joe Wright's adaptation of McEwan's widely acclaimed novel Atonement, James McAvoy plays Robbie Turner, a young man whose promising future is decimated by a single lie.

Jeffrey M. Anderson talks with him about class, war and getting into "the zone" for one very long, very celebrated shot.

Blog entry 12/06/2007 - 4:45pm

By John Esther

Considering the films he has written, directed and/or produced, it's not easy to see why Luc Besson and his film, Angela-A, were invited to this year's Sundance Film Festival. This is the festival, after all, that's supposed to be about finding great new voices outside of - and, ideally, who challenge - the mainstream entertainment apparatus.

Besson's newest feature, Angela-A, is now available on DVD.

Blog entry 11/17/2007 - 12:56am

By Jay Kuehner

Before Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days took the coveted Palme d'Or at the 60th Cannes Film Festival, the declaration of a Romanian new wave seemed to rest on the singular success of Cristi Puiu's quotidien epic The Death of Mr. Lazarescu.

Modest by design but no less ambitious in its formal conception, Corneliu Porumboiu's 2006 Camera d'Or-winning 12:08 East of Bucharest stakes out the relative calm amid the Balkan tide. Where Puiu's long day's gurney into night is indebted to ER and Eric Rohmer, as envisioned by a painter, Porumboui's droll evocation of the Romanian revolution owes something to the narrative torpor of Jarmusch and the tableaux of Vermeer.

Jay Kuehner spoke with the filmmaker about his work and about the new wave of Romanian cinema.

12:08 East of Bucharest is now out on DVD.

Blog entry 10/09/2007 - 12:39am

By Sean Axmaker

In Christopher Boe's Allegro [official site], a world acclaimed concert pianist (played by Ulrich Thomsen) is formally invited to reclaim his lost past. You see, it's preserved in an impenetrable and inexplicable bubble in the center of Copenhagen. Imagine a cross between Andrei Tarkovksy and The Matrix, with a whimsical flair and a mischievous narrator (Henning Moritzen) who may be a guardian angel, an ironic devil, or simply an existential master of ceremonies.

Boe's latest feature Allegro is now on DVD.

Blog entry 10/08/2007 - 2:56pm

Ang Lee

By Sean Axmaker

"I think I'm running out of things to make film about in my conscious world," Ang Lee tells Sean Axmaker in a conversation about Lust, Caution that quickly moves to the Oscar-winning director's entire oeuvre. "Starting from The Ice Storm, I started to go the other side. I think up to Sense and Sensibility, I did everything that I know of myself consciously... But I like to keep that mystery and make movies about what I need to find out."

Blog entry 10/08/2007 - 6:41am

Bé Tarr

Perhaps no other director is more immediately associated with the long take as Bé Tarr. In his latest film, The Man from London, Tarr couples his unique aesthetic with, of all things, a murder mystery written by Georges Simenon. Michael Guillé/a> asks him about his emphasis on his characters' situations - as opposed to the story he's telling.

The Man from London premiered in Cannes, screened in Toronto and is part of this year's New York Film Festival, screening Sunday and Wednesday.

In an earlier interview, Jay Kuehner spoke with Tarr about Werckmeister Harmonies.

Blog entry 09/29/2007 - 10:03am

Interview By David D'Arcy

Paul Verhoeven should not be so misunderstood, since his films are efforts to tell simple truths, usually in the simplest cinematic language. The truths are painfully simple in the case of Black Book, which looks at survival and betrayal in the Dutch resistance to the Germans, as World War II was drawing to a close and the Dutch were preparing to govern themselves once again. The title comes from a black book in which the names of Dutch collaborators with the Nazis are listed. Let's just say that the top priorities as the war ends are not truth and reconciliation.

Black Book is now out on DVD.

Blog entry 09/24/2007 - 8:04pm

By Michelle Devereaux

Celebrated French auteur Francis Veber is nothing if not a gentleman-perhaps even to a fault. The writer and director of films like The Dinner Game, The Closet, and Le Jaguar (he also wrote the screenplay to La Cage Aux Folles) is so amenable, in fact, he'll even let you call him by the wrong name. In an interview the 69-year-old Veber gave to a radio station the same day he talked to GreenCine, a journalist kept calling him "Francois." But Veber didn't correct him once-and even referred to himself in a promo by using the incorrect name...

La doublure (The Valet) is now out on DVD.

Blog entry 09/18/2007 - 9:31am

Interviewed By Jonathan Marlow
[At the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival]

Her first short film was selected for International Critics Week at Cannes. She received an Academy Award for her third short. She was awarded the Jury Prize at Cannes for her first feature and later dominated the BAFTAs in Scotland (winning the Best Director, Film, Screenplay, Actress and Actor awards). Such a sequence of achievements is essentially unheard of, admittedly, but Andrea Arnold is not your average filmmaker.

Jonathan Marlow Spoke with Arnold about her films. Her first feature Red Road, is now out on DVD.

Blog entry 09/13/2007 - 9:27pm

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