Interviews - Directors


Cannes 2023: Sean Price Williams and Nick Pinkerton on The Sweet East

Jacob Elordi and Talia Ryder inThe Sweet EastJacob Elordi and Talia Ryder in The Sweet East

America’s fraught political present meets the less savory corners of cinema’s past in The Sweet East, the first feature directed by celebrated cinematographer Sean Price Williams. Penned with typically acerbic wit by film critic Nick Pinkerton, The Sweet East stars…  Read more

By May 27, 2023

“Giving Birth to Ourselves”: Kira Kovalenko on Unclenching the Fists

A woman and a man wear light jackets. The man drives a motorcycle and the woman sits behind him on the vehicle.Milana Aguzarova and Soslan Khugaev in Unclenching the Fists.

Unclenching the Fists, the sophomore feature from Russian director Kira Kovalenko, is set in Mizur, a small mining town in North Ossetia, one of seven autonomous republics in the perpetually unsettled constellation that is the North Caucasus. The liminal setting—at…  Read more

By May 26, 2023

“I Wanted You To Feel Like These Kids Need a Tetanus Shot By the End of It”: Weston Razooli on His Cannes-Premiering Neo-Fairy-Tale Adventure, Riddle of Fire

Riddle of Fire

Weston Razooli’s debut feature, Riddle of Fire, premiering in the Cannes Film Festival’s Director’s Fortnight, begins with a charming and clever premise. After we watch a trio of masked kid adventurers steal a video game console from a warehouse, escaping…  Read more

By May 26, 2023

“I Observe Human Behavior With Such Pleasure”: Nicole Holofcener on You Hurt My Feelings

A man and a woman stand in casual clothes in their apartment. They both look at something with shock on their faces.Tobias Menzies and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in You Hurt My Feelings.

It’s no surprise that Nicole Holofcener prides herself in thinking that she can always tell when people are lying to her about her work. After all, she’s as observant as writer-directors come, able to portray even the slightest nuances in…  Read more

By May 25, 2023

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