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Director Denis Villeneuve Challenges Intellect with Arrival

January 13, 2017 | By
Director Denis Villeneuve Challenges Intellect with <em>Arrival</em>

For a long time Denis Villenueve was looking for a science fiction project to direct. In the genre, it was not easy to find strong material that had depth and freshness, not old recycled ideas. He wanted the story to be new, with an emotional journey that was mature and intellectually challenging, something like... »

Looking into Her Eyes, Director Pablo Larraín Finds Jackie

November 30, 2016 | By
Looking into Her Eyes, Director Pablo Larraín Finds <em>Jackie</em>

Set during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination, Jackie recounts one of the most tragic events in American history as seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Director Pablo Larraín has an affinity for historical characters of mythic proportions. Of the seven films that he has... »

Director Rémi Chayé Journeys a Long Way North

November 28, 2016 | By
Director Rémi Chayé Journeys a <em>Long Way North</em>

In the animated adventure, Long Way North, an adventurous young aristocrat searches for her explorer grandfather, lost with his Russian icebreaker in the treacherous seas of the Arctic’s northeast passage. From a script by animation teachers Claire Paoletti and Patricia Valeix of La Poudriere animation school, the French-Danish co-production was directed on a small... »

Director Anna Biller on Working Multiple Magic for The Love Witch

November 17, 2016 | By
Director Anna Biller on Working Multiple Magic for <em>The Love Witch</em>

In a case of life sadly imitating art, or art prefiguring some of the more harrowing aspects of life, director Anna Biller was filming her cinematic “magick”-and-eros potion, The Love Witch, in the misty verdant landscapes — and Victorian architecture — of Eureka, California. She wanted, perhaps, the West Coast version of one of... »

Park Chan-wook & The Handmaiden‘s Tale of collaboration

October 17, 2016 | By
Park Chan-wook & <em>The Handmaiden</em>‘s Tale of collaboration

In a recent chat with the L.A. press on the release of his “erotic thriller,” The Handmaiden, noted Korean director Park Chan-wook took a question about directors that had inspired him. He mentioned Hitchcock’s Vertigo as the film that made him want to be a filmmaker. He also talked about other “visualists,” as he... »

Jonás Cuarón Crosses Borders with Desierto

October 3, 2016 | By
Jonás Cuarón Crosses Borders with <em>Desierto</em>

While attempting to cross the unforgiving desert terrain at the Mexican and United States border, a journey seeking a better life turns into a fight for survival, when Moises (Gael García Bernal) and a group of migrants encounter a murderous, rifle-toting vigilante (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who has taken on border patrol duties as his... »

Lenny Abrahamson Tackles the Confines of Room

February 23, 2016 | By
Lenny Abrahamson Tackles the Confines of <em>Room</em>

Lenny Abrahamson's Room tells the story of five-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and his mother (Brie Larson) who are trapped in a windowless, enclosed space together. The film is nominated for four Academy Awards – best motion picture of the year, best performance by an actress in a leading role for Larson, best achievement in... »

Tom McCarthy Shines a Spotlight on Abuse

February 19, 2016 | By
Tom McCarthy Shines a <em>Spotlight</em> on Abuse

Writer/director Tom McCarthy became involved with Spotlight­ –­ the true story of the high-profile investigation by the Boston Globe that uncovered the child abuse scandal within the local Catholic Archdiocese –when producers Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust came to him with a “thumbnail” version of what they felt the movie was about. “They knew... »

J.J. Abrams Reflects on His Star Wars: The Force Awakens Collaborators

January 11, 2016 | By
J.J. Abrams Reflects on His <em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em> Collaborators

To realize his vision for a Star Wars world both brand new and familiar, Abrams called on below-the-line talent who have served him on previous projects in some cases, while retaining the services of select artisans who have never before worked with Abrams’ Bad Robot production company which oversaw the new film. »

Directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak Excel in Non-Verbal Dialog in Shaun The Sheep Movie

January 6, 2016 | By
Directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak Excel in Non-Verbal Dialog in <em>Shaun The Sheep Movie</em>

The world of stop-motion animation is, given the labor-intensive production process, one suited to only the most dedicated practitioners. On Aardman Animations' Shaun the Sheep, co-directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak shared the workload, combining Burton's background in comedy writing and Starzak's experience in animation on Aardman's previous productions. He accepts freely that “Animation... »

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