By Sean Axmaker







Children of Men conjures a world without children, which may seem a radical departure for the director films about young people: A Little Princess, Y tu mamáambié/font>, even a Harry Potter movie. But as Alfonso Cuarófont> tells Sean Axmaker, there's a fundamental approach to telling these stories that connects them.

Alfonso Cuaron's highly acclaimed feature Children of Men is now available on DVD.

Page 03/27/2007 - 5:51pm

by Craig Phillips

An artistic movement whose influence on film has been as profound and enduring as that of surrealism or cubism on painting, the French New Wave (or Le Nouvelle Vague) made its first splashes as a movement shot through with youthful exuberance and a brisk reinvigoration of the filmmaking process. Most agree that the French New Wave was at its peak between 1958 and 1964, but it continued to ripple on afterwards, with many of the tendencies and styles introduced by the movement still in practice today. Read on for Craig Phillips' overview of this influential period.

Page 03/27/2007 - 12:29pm

by Andrew James Horton

For such a small country (10 million inhabitants), the Czech Republic's cinematic clout has been relatively large on the international scene. Czechoslovakia (which existed from 1918 to 1992 before the country split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia) won two Oscars in the 1960s and the Czech Republic has had a further win at the Academy Awards in the 1990s - and that's just the tip of the acclaim.


Page 03/23/2007 - 2:50pm

By Adam Hartzell

"I want to make a film that satisfies me first, especially in terms of aesthetic qualities and in terms of truthfulness... If I can have 50,000 people who really like my film, and who can understand what I'm trying to deliver, then that suits me very well. Numbers are not really that important." - Hong Sang-soo, Interview with J. Scott Burgeson, Bug Vol. 3 (1998).

Famed Korean master Hong Sang-soo, recipient of a special retrospective at this year's SF Int'l Asian American Film Festival, will be in San Francisco attending the festival. Catch this years SFIAAFF starting March 15th and ending March 25th.

Blog entry 03/15/2007 - 4:58pm

By Sara Schieron

"While Mira Nair was dubbing for Vanity Fair, star Gabriel Byrne came to her raving about Jhumpa Lahiri's debut novel, The Namesake. The novel, which follows the Ganguli family from their arranged marriage in Calcutta through their immigration to New York and the growth of their son, is ideal material for Nair, whose films are often about people creating paths between old ways and new surroundings. Perhaps it wasn't such a coincidence that Byrne caught Nair mid-read." Sarah Schieron caught up with Nair to discuss her new film. The Namesake opens in theaters today.

Blog entry 03/09/2007 - 12:59pm
Blog entry 02/14/2007 - 4:39pm

By Sean Axmaker
November 7, 2006 - 1:08 AM PST

"Nicholas Winding Refn's Pusher films may just be the best trilogy of crime films ever made," wrote Todd at Twitch this summer. And Sean Axmaker does talk with Refn about them, but he really zeroes in on the film that fell through the cracks: Fear X. Also: Refn's 2007 project.

Page 11/07/2006 - 1:00am

By Michael Guillébr />November 3, 2006 - 1:06 PM PST

"His films are not so much about sexual orientation as they are about purposeful sexual disorientation." As Volver and the Viva Pedro! series roll out across the land, Michael Guillé/font> tracks the ways in which Pedro Almodó "has fetishized the gendered body and glamorized gender variance, all in the name of Spain."

Page 11/03/2006 - 1:00am

By Hannah Eaves and Jonathan Marlow
October 30, 2006 - 12:26 AM PST

As Jean-Pierre Jeunet returns to the Bay Area for On Set with French Cinema, Hannah Eaves and Jonathan Marlow talk with the French director about his early work with Marc Caro (Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children), his Hollywood adventure (Alien: Resurrection), his international hits (Amée and A Very Long Engagement) and his next film, an adaptation of Life of Pi.

Page 10/30/2006 - 1:00am

By Chris Wiggum
October 27, 2006 - 12:23 AM PDT

"Patrick Chamusso's story - one of a political awakening of will - resonates with such vigor that, when the credits roll, it may take a while before you realize that not only have you just watched a 'message' movie, you've also had an incredibly good time," writes Chris Wiggum, introducing his interview with Catch a Fire director Phillip Noyce, screenwriter Shawn Slovo and supporting player Tim Robbins.

Page 10/27/2006 - 12:00am

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