Interviews - Directors


“You Don’t Find Yaks in America”: Joan Chen on Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl

Li Xiaolu in Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down GirlLi Xiaolu in Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl

An international movie star on screens both big (Bernardo Bertolucci’s Oscar-winning The Last Emperor) and small (David Lynch’s mega-hit, Twin Peaks), Joan Chen’s film career went behind the camera with her feature directorial debut, Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl.…  Read more

By Nov 25, 2022

“The Complexity of a Disorder”: Svetislav Dragomirovic on I’m People, I Am Nobody

Svetislav Dragomirovic's I'm People, I Am Nobody

Svetislav Dragomirovic’s debut feature I’m People, I Am Nobody is a film I wasn’t prepared to watch. From its coy DOC NYC synopsis, we learn it’s the story of a 60-year-old retired porn performer from Serbia named Stevan who’s found…  Read more

By Nov 18, 2022

Animal Collective, David Lynch and the Marines: Elegance Bratton on The Inspection

Jeremy Pope and Raúl Castillo in The Inspection

While it’s been 35 years since the release of Full Metal Jacket, Stanley Kubrick’s U.S. Marines drama that featured R. Lee Ermey showering young male recruits with derogatory four-letter words, numerous films have sought to further emphasize the dehumanizing nature…  Read more

By Nov 18, 2022

“Carrots Played an Important Part in the Whole Process”: Jerzy Skolimowski on EO

Eo (courtesy of Sideshow and Janus films)Eo (courtesy of Sideshow and Janus films)

In a year that saw the passing of Jean-Luc Godard, it’s astonishing to see a sometimes overlooked fixture of golden age European art cinema, Jerzy Skolimowski, directing one of his strongest films now—with a donkey for a star, no less.…  Read more

By Nov 17, 2022

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