CINEMATIC BORDER CROSSINGS
Over at the main page there are two new web-only pieces that both interview directors whose films open this week and who both quite consciously explore in them issues of borders and identity in a globalist age. One is a new director, Patricia Riggen (a Filmmaker 25 New Face discovery in 2005) and the other is a veteran, Olivier Assayas, and their films couldn’t be more different. Damon Smith interviews Riggen about her La Misma Luna, an emotional and affecting mother-son tale that draws from both the Mexican telenovela and the American indie road movie genres. And then there’s Olivier Assayas, who is interviewed by Brandon Harris about his film Boarding Gate, which stars Asia Argento and Michael Madsen. In that interview Assayas talks about many things, including the kinds of risks he takes in the production of his films and the ways in which the internet is colonizing our interior space.