Patricia RiggenLa Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon) [official site] was met with a rousing standing ovation when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Now this moving tale of a mother and son separated by the US-Mexico border is opening New York's Latinbeat series and screening at the Toronto International Film Festival before hitting theaters in March 2008.

James van Maanen grabbed a chance to talk with director Patricia Riggen.

Blog entry 09/07/2007 - 1:56am

Interview By John Esther

"Eschewing the reactionary tropes of the supernatural or working class threats to the paranoid ruling classes vis-àis mutant horror in most American movies, Bong Joon-ho's The Host (Gue-Mool) brings a social conscious to a story of a world run amok. The film commences with chemicals being dumped into a drain leading to the Han River..." John Esther spoke with director Bong Joon-ho about his newest feature The Host. An impressive buzz has built up around the film, including coverage in ArtForum.

The Host is now available on DVD.

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When Kim Ki-duk's 3-Iron screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, with the help of translator Ju Hui Judy Jan, Jonathan Marlow spoke with the Korean director about, among other things, how the "Kim Ki-duk style" plays in the US.

It's finally becoming easier for Americans to check out the director's fascinating, and varied, filmography. His newest film, The Bow, is now out on DVD.

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Put them together, and the terms "East Germany" and "cinema" conjure up bleak associations: a gray Berlin, barbed wire, and the soul-frying bitterness of a Hollywood Cold War picture along the lines of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold or a post-reunification lookback such as The Lives of Others. But, as Robert Horton shows in our latest primer, East German Film, there's a fair amount of barbed wire and bitterness in the films of the German Democratic Republic, but there's much more: the subject is ripe for re-discovery, a process helped along in the US by a 2005 Museum of Modern Art series and a steady stream of DVD releases from First Run Features. Click on for a report on some of the more important works from behind the Iron Curtain.

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Robert von Dassanowsky picks up where his Austrian Film to 2000 primer left off with his guide to New Austrian Film. Austria has become a "hot spot" internationally since the end of the 90s, when Barbara Albert's Nordrand (City Skirts, 1999) became the first Austrian production in decades invited to screen in competition at the Venice Film Festival. From Cachéa> (Hidden, 2005) and Dog Days to Darwin's Nightmare and Slumming, Austrian filmmakers are creating an incredibly rich, provocative and diverse body of work.

Learn more in our new guide:

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By Caveh Zahedi

Filmmaker Caveh Zahedi (who interviewed Henry Jaglom awhile back to very engaging affect) talked with Israeli director Amos Gitai, who has made the personal political repeatedly in his ever-increasing filmography. In his new film Free Zone, Gitai used an American star - Natalie Portman - for the first time.

Free Zone is now on DVD.


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