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David Mackenzie, Starred Up

Glasgow-based David Mackenzie’s gritty prison-set drama Starred Up starring UK hot-shot Jack O’Connell and Australia’s Ben Mendelsohn caused a stir as soon as it premiered in Toronto 2013 – but it’s much more than simply a story of violence and incarceration.

Cherien Dabis

Cherien Dabis, May In The Summer

Following her noted 2010 debut Amreeka, Cherien Dabis swaps small-town USA for Jordan as a New Yorker returns to her native home in the run-up to her wedding.

Robert Englund

Robert Englund reveals Richard Attenborough influence

The horror icon talks to Ian Sandwell about his latest film The Last Showing, which premiered at Film4 FrightFest, and the current state of the genre.

John McNaughton

John McNaughton, The Harvest

Ian Sandwell talks to the American director about his first film in over a decade, The Harvest.

Luc Besson

Luc Besson, Lucy

The French director of La Femme Nikita and Leon: The Professional returns with a new super-female – and in this case it’s no exaggeration. Plus he tells Jeremy Kay why the first meeting with Scarlett Johansson was like two dogs sniffing each other’s butts.

Suburban Gothic

Richard Bates, Jr. & Matthew Gray Gubler, Suburban Gothic

Writer/director Richard Bates, Jr. and lead actor Matthew Gray Gubler talk to Ian Sandwell about Suburban Gothic, which world premiered at Fantasia.

Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill, I Origins

Mike Cahill burst onto the scene three years ago when his feature directorial debut Another Earth premiered at Sundance and won the special jury prize and the $20,000 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize.

Noboru Iguchi at Fantasia

Noboru Iguchi, Live & Nuigulumar Z

Ian Sandwell talks to the Japanese film-maker about his two films screening at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival.

Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz

Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz, Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem

The brother-and-sister filmmaking team talk about their drama set against the complicated divorce system in Israel.

Eran Riklis talks Dancing Arabs

Eran Riklis — one of Israel’s foremost film-makers — talks to Screen’s Wendy Mitchell about his latest film Dancing Arabs, and his ambitions to connect with a global audience

Nadav Lapid

Nadav Lapid

The Kindergarten Teacher director talks about autobiographical inspirations, working with his mother, and his new film in Paris.

Richie Mehta

Richie Mehta, Siddharth

In Richie Mehta’s profoundly engrossing drama Siddharth, a chain-wallah in India sends his young son to work far away on the sub-continent. When the child does not return home, the father sets off on a quest.

Ana Lily Amirpour

Sundance Institute summer labs

The June Directors and Screenwriters Labs hosted by the Sundance Institute brought together filmmakers and creators from many disciplines and diverse locales. Elle Toussi went to Park City in Utah to speak to some of the participants.

 Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, Paris of the North

After seeing his debut feature Either Way remade into US film Prince Avalanche, director and writer Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson talks to Laurence Boyce about his second feature, which receives its world premiere in Karlovy Vary.

Cherry Tobacco

Katrin & Andres Maimik, Cherry Tobacco

Estonian film Cherry Tobacco has its World Premiere in Karlovy Vary. Laurence Boyce talks to the married director Andres and Katrin Maimik about influences, first love and dumpling faces.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith, Tusk

US director Kevin Smith talks about the state of independent film, his upcoming horror Tusk, meeting Game of Thrones author George RR Martin and why the Weinsteins passed on Clerks 3.

Grzegorz Jaroszuk

Grzegorz Jaroszuk, Kebab & Horoscope

KARLOVY VARY: Grzegorz Jaroszuk’s debut feature Kebab & Horoscope is the eagerly awaited first feature from the graduate of Lódz Film School which will premiere in the East of the West Competition. Laurence Boyce asks him about his influences and improvisation.

Scott Derrickson

Scott Derrickson, Deliver Us From Evil

The director of Sinister and The Exorcism Of Emily Rose locks horns with dark forces again in his latest film, which stars Eric Bana and Edgar Ramirez and opens in the US this week through Screen Gems. Jeremy Kay comes out from behind the sofa.

Steve James

Steve James, Life Itself

In Life Itself, veteran documentarian Steve James adapts Roger Ebert’s memoirs to throw a light on the life of the celebrated Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic, who died in 2013 following a long battle with thyroid cancer.

Ben Rivers

Karlovy Vary: Ben Rivers

British filmmaker and artist Ben Rivers will be one of the three recipients of a retrospective at this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Laurence Boyce caught up with him to ask what the retrospective holds.

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