“I Always Try to Find Something Better”: Nuri Bilge Ceylan on Winter Sleep

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Over the course of his seven feature films – the last five of which have won prizes at Cannes – the Turkish filmmaker and photographer Nuri Bilge Ceylan has moved from a dramaturgy primarily based in photography (in films such…  Read more


“The Last 50 Years Destroyed Our Old World”: Five Questions for Actress/Director Mélanie Laurent

Mélanie Laurent (Courtesy: Marrakech International Film Festival)Mélanie Laurent (Courtesy: Marrakech International Film Festival)

French actress Mélanie Laurent may be best known to American audiences for her role as Shosanna Dreyfus in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. But in addition to acting in over 35 international roles, Laurent has also directed two feature films. Based on…  Read more


Somewhere I’m Not: An Interview with Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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I saw a number of startlingly good films in 2014, but nothing shook me quite like a picture I saw at BAMcinemaFest this past summer. The film was Ellie Lumme, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky’s debut…debut what, exactly? Clocking in at 42 minutes,…  Read more


“Finish Your Scene Before You Go to Lunch”: Five Questions for After the Fall Director Saar Klein

After the Fall (Photo: Marrakech International Film Festival)After the Fall (Photo: Marrakech International Film Festival)

First-time director Saar Klein got his start in Hollywood as an editor, where he’s been working with top directors for the past two decades. He has two Academy Award nominations under his belt, for Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line and…  Read more