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“I’m Finishing My Bathtub of Whiskey”: Arnaud Desplechin on Ismael’s Ghosts

Mathieu Amalric and Marion Colliard in Ismael's Ghosts

In 2014’s My Golden Days, Arnaud Desplechin revisited the childhood of Ivan Dedalus, brother of the anchoring protagonist of his 1996 breakthrough My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument. With Ismael’s Ghosts, Desplechin continues toying with  the Dedalus brothers —…  Read more

By Mar 30, 2018

“Zooms are Totally Underutilized”: Bo Burnham on Eighth Grade at SXSW 2018

Elsie Fischer in Eighth Grade

The movie: Eighth Grade The Plot: Shy and uncertain (except when doling out life advice on her sparsely followed vlog), eighth grader Kayla (a revelatory Elsie Fisher) struggles through her last days of middle school. The Interviewee: Bo Burnham. Eighth…  Read more

By Mar 15, 2018

“How Do You Communicate Backstory, Motivation and Theme Without Dialogue?” A Quiet Place Screenwriters Bryan Woods and Scott Beck at SXSW 2018

Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds in A Quiet Place

The movie: A Quiet Place, which served as the opening night film of the 25th South By Southwest Film Festival The plot: A family struggles to survive in silence on a rural farmstead amid a flock of sonically acute creatures…  Read more

By Mar 12, 2018

“Where Are the Men I Can Imagine on a Horse?”: Valeska Grisebach on Western

Meinhard Neumann in Western

Given the sense of suspended time often pervading the narratives and atmospheres of classic westerns, perhaps it’s appropriate that the wait for Valeska Grisebach’s own Western was a protracted one. Arriving eleven years after her previous film, the understated Sehnsucht (Longing,…  Read more

By Mar 12, 2018


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