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Joshua Oppenheimer

Joshua Oppenheimer, The Look Of Silence

Joshua Oppenheimer talks to Wendy Mitchell about changing the culture of fear in Indonesia with The Act Of Killing and its follow-up, The Look Of Silence.

Dior and I

Andy Whittaker & Anna Godas, Dogwoof

UK distributor Dogwoof Films is celebrating a decade of championing its socially conscious films across multiple platforms. Company founders Andy Whittaker and Anna Godas tell Geoffrey Macnab about their vision.

Evangelion 3.33

Hideaki Anno, Evangelion

Japanese animator and creator of the Evangelion series, Hideaki Anno, talks to Liz Shackleton about the joys of destruction.

Jan-Wllem Van Ewijk

Jan-Willem van Ewijk, Atlantic

Dutch director Jan-Willem van Ewijk explains to Melanie Goodfellow how a passion for windsurfing in Morocco was the inspiration for his film Atlantic.

Daoud Abdel Sayed

Daoud Abdel Sayed, Out Of The Ordinary

Egyptian filmmaker Daoud Abdel Sayed talks to Liz Shackleton about working with child actors and tackling the supernatural in his latest film, Out Of The Ordinary, which is premiering at DIFF.

Toni El Massih

Toni El Massih, VOX Cinemas

Toni El Massih, director of distribution and film content at pan-Arab exhibitor VOX Cinemas, talks to Melanie Goodfellow about programming screens in the region.

The spark of Electricity

Director Bryn Higgins and star Agyness Deyn talk about bringing a unique young woman to life in British drama Electricity.

Bikas Mishra

Bikas Mishra, Four Colours

Bikas Ranjan Mishra talks Liz Shackleton through the five-year development and production journey behind his debut feature, Four Colours (Chauranga).

Steven Knight on set of Locke with Tom Hardy

Steven Knight, Locke

Writer-director Steven Knight tells Adam Woodard about a unique on-screen and off-screen journey with Locke, the Tom Hardy drama shot over just eight nights.

The Salt of the Earth

Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, The Salt of the Earth

Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado tell Elbert Wyche how they had to beat their own egos on documentary The Salt of the Earth.

André Singer

André Singer, Night Will Fall

André Singer talks to Melanie Goodfellow about his powerful Holocaust documentary, Night Will Fall, which has a groundbreaking broadcast launch on January 27.

Fadel Almheiri

Fadel Almheiri, Abood Kandaishan

Emirati filmmaker Fadel Almheiri explains to Melanie Goodfellow how nostalgia for a bygone way of life in the UAE inspired his tragicomic Abood Kandaishan.

Gianluca Chakra

Gianluca Chakra, Front Row Filmed Entertainment

Middle East distributor Gianluca Chakra talks about the local penchant for action and horror movies and how he is pinning his hopes on iTunes.

Hisham Zaman

Hisham Zaman, Letter To The King

Oslo-based Hisham Zaman tells Liz Shackleton how he managed to pull together his second feature, Letter To The King, while developing his debut Before Snowfall, and how he won the Dragon award at Goteborg film festival two years in a row.

Mario G. Haddad

Mario G. Haddad, Empire International

Mario G. Haddad, CEO of pan-Arab distributor Empire International, talks to Melanie Goodfellow about the Gulf theatrical market, as well as plans for the pan-Arab launch of Emirati feature From A To B.

Nujoom Al Ghanem

Nujoom Al Ghanem, Nearby Sky

Emirati filmmaker Nujoom Al Ghanem talks to Liz Shackleton about how she worked with trail-blazing camel owner Fatima Ali Alhameli and building a film industry in the Emirates.

Waleed Al Shehhi

Waleed Al Shehhi, Dolphins

Emirati filmmaker Waleed Al Shehhi tells Melanie Goodfellow about his passion for Andrei Tarkovsky and how he finally faced his fears and shot his debut feature Dolphins.

Rashid Masharawi

Rashid Masharawi, Letters From Al Yarmouk

Palestinian filmmaker Rashid Masharawi talks to Melanie Goodfellow about his documentary capturing life in the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp on the edge of Damascus.

Chaitanya Tamhane

Chaitanya Tamhane, Court

Chaitanya Tamhane talks to Liz Shackleton about making his debut feature Court, which won two prizes at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

Afia Nathaniel

Afia Nathaniel, Dukhtar

Afia Nathaniel talks to Liz Shackleton about the challenges in funding and shooting a female-centric film in a remote corner of northern Pakistan.

Ali Mostafa, From A To B

Emirati director Ali Mostafa talks to Melanie Goodfellow about his pan-Arab road movie From A to B, which screens in his hometown of Dubai on Thursday as part of DIFF’s Arabian Nights line-up. 

Khadija Al-Salami

Khadija Al-Salami, I Am Nojoom, Age 10 And Divorced

Yemeni director Khadija Al-Salami tells Melanie Goodfellow about her struggle to bring the issue of child brides to the big screen in I Am Nojoom, Age 10 And Divorced.

Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner

Timothy Spall talks to John Hazelton about tackling the biggest role of his career in Mr. Turner, becoming detective to ‘discover’ his character and the ever-present spectre of unemployment.

Nick Broomfield

Nick Broomfield, Tales Of The Grim Sleeper

Nick Broomfield tells Wendy Mitchell why his doc Tales Of The Grim Sleeper is about a whole neighbourhood, not just one killer.

Life Itself

Steve James, Life Itself

Documentarian Steve James talks to John Hazelton about capturing the career and spirit of Roger Ebert while avoiding the pitfalls of hagiography.

Laura Poitras

Laura Poitras, Citizenfour

Film-maker Laura Poitras becomes part of the story with her history-in-the-making documentary, Citizenfour, about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Britdoc: truth in the telling

Britdoc chief executive Jess Search tells Wendy Mitchell about how the non-profit organisation works holistically across a film’s lifecycle, and how it took a calculated risk with Citizenfour

Academy Museum

AMPAS’s global reach

AMPAS boss Dawn Hudson talks to Wendy Mitchell about advancing the Academy’s influence across the world and its efforts to protect film’s legacy

Guido Rud, FilmSharks International

FilmSharks International’s Guido Rud tells Jeremy Kay about building a slate ripe for sales and remakes.

Pawel Pawlikowski, Ida

Pawel Pawlikowski tells Jeremy Kay about exploring the Poland of his childhood in Ida, and why he wanted to portray universal themes of faith and identity within the context of a very personal journey

Abderrahmane Sissako, Timbuktu

The spread of Islamic fundamentalism across Africa has flung many ordinary Muslims’ lives into turmoil. Timbuktu director Abderrahmane Sissako tells Elbert Wyche why he wanted to express their story

Dardenne brothers

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Two Days, One Night

Belgian auteurs Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne talk to John Hazelton about casting their biggest star yet, Marion Cotillard, in the workplace drama, Two Days, One Night — Belgium’s foreign language Oscar entry.

Champs

Bert Marcus & Mike Tyson, Champs

Director Bert Marcus and subject Mike Tyson tell Jeremy Kay about how their boxing documentary, Champs, transcends the world of sports.

Gong Yu

Gong Yu, iQiyi

iQiyi founder and CEO Gong Yu talks to Liz Shackleton about the company’s production plans and how it is working on its film business with parent company Baidu.

Robert Jones & Wayne Marc Godfrey, The Fyzz Facility

The Fyzz Facility’s Robert Jones and Wayne Marc Godfrey open up to Andreas Wiseman about their thriving production and finance company.

Corin Hardy on set of The Hallow

Corin Hardy, The Hallow

Corin Hardy, a former Screen International Star of Tomorrow and director of The Hallow, tells Ian Sandwell about bringing a special intensity to his feature.

Phil Hunt

Phil Hunt, Head Gear Films

London-based Head Gear Films is having a boom year backing larger-scale films starring the likes of Julianne Moore and Mickey Rourke. Phil Hunt tells Michael Rosser about fostering more relationships with the US.

Andrew Myers, Everyman

Andrew Myers, CEO of Everyman, leaves the media group with a turnover that has doubled - and recognition at last month’s Screen Awards for achievement in exhibition.

Vincent Grimond

Vincent Grimond, Wild Bunch

Wild Bunch CEO Vincent Grimond talks Melanie Goodfellow through the company’s impending merger with Germany’s Senator Entertainment.

Liza Marshall & Kris Thykier

Liza Marshall & Kris Thykier, Archery Pictures

Liza Marshall and Kris Thykier talk to Andreas Wiseman about teaming up for their fledgling film and TV company, Archery Pictures.

Ehud Bleiberg and The Iceman director Ariel Vromen

Ehud Bleiberg, Bleiberg Entertainment

Ehud Bleiberg looks back on his 30-year career, telling Jeremy Kay about his AFM slate and how he is adapting to new distribution models.

Ali Mostafa, From A To B

INTERVIEW: Abu Dhabi Film Festival opener to hit the AFM next month and will also screen at the upcoming Cairo International Film Festival.

Daihachi Yoshida

Daihachi Yoshida, Pale Moon

Director Daihachi Yoshida tells Liz Shackleton about Pale Moon, his story of a housewife embezzler, the only Japanese film in Tokyo’s competition this year

Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli

Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli, Last Summer

Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli’s debut drama Last Summer combines an impressive production team and cast with an intriguing premise.

War Book

War Book: Jack Thorne, Tom Harper

Writer Jack Thorne and director Tom Harper have reunited once again – this time for the micro-budget political thriller War Book, which received its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival.

Peter Strickland Duke of Burgundy

Peter Strickland talks Bjork and Burgundy

British director Peter Strickland talks about his first foray into concert films and his latest fiction feature, The Duke of Burgundy.

Mike Elliott, Emu Films

Emu Films’ Mike Elliott talks to Andreas Wiseman about the challenges - and rewards - of making the transition from respected AD to feature producer.

Lana Gogoberidze

Lana Gogoberidze, Salome Alexi

The daughter and granddaughter of Georgia’s first female director talk about their films, Day Is Longer Than Night and Felicita, which are screening in Busan showcase ‘The Power of Georgian Women Filmmakers’.

Li Xiaofeng

Li Xiaofeng, Nezha

Li Xiaofeng’s debut feature Nezha, which is premiering in Busan’s New Currents competition, is a coming-of-age drama about the friendship between two teenage girls.

Tetsuya Nakashima

Tetsuya Nakashima, The World Of Kanako

Japanese director Tetsuya Nakashima, known for films such as Confessions and Memories Of Matsuko, has brought The World Of Kanako to Busan’s Midnight Passion section.

El Clan

Pablo Trapero, El Clan

The Argentine wunderkind behind Carancho, White Elephant and Lion’s Den sat down with Jeremy Kay to discuss his latest film four weeks into production in Buenos Aires.

Mipo Oh

Mipo O, The Light Shines Only There

Elbert Wyche talks to O about her fourth feature, a pensive drama about a depressed man played by Go Ayano who is trying to escape his painful past.

Pantelis Voulgaris

Pantelis Voulgaris, Little England

The Brides director returns with Greece’s foreign language Oscar submission, the story of two sisters who harbour a terrible secret while spending their lives in love with the same man.

Oles Sanin

Oles Sanin, The Guide

The Ukrainian director’s epic has become a hit in its home country, selling more than 277,597 tickets in its first 25 days to overtake Fury at the box office.

Christopher J. Dodd, MPAA

MPAA chairman and chief executive Chris Dodd talks to Liz Shackleton about Japanese audiences, China’s quotas and the impact of digital distribution on the film business.

Champs

Bert Marcus & Mike Tyson, Champs

Director Bert Marcus and subject Mike Tyson tell Jeremy Kay about how their boxing documentary, Champs, transcends the world of sports.

Gong Yu

Gong Yu, iQiyi

iQiyi founder and CEO Gong Yu talks to Liz Shackleton about the company’s production plans and how it is working on its film business with parent company Baidu.

Robert Jones & Wayne Marc Godfrey, The Fyzz Facility

The Fyzz Facility’s Robert Jones and Wayne Marc Godfrey open up to Andreas Wiseman about their thriving production and finance company.

Javier Fuentes-Léon

Javier Fuentes-Léon, The Vanished Elephant

The LA-based writer-director came to attention outside his native Peru in 2010 when Undertow (Contracorriente) scooped an audience award at Sundance. Now he’s back with another meditation on reality, albeit one that inhabits the noir milieu.

Alessandra Priante

Alessandra Priante on Emirati cinema scene

Former Italian cultural attaché says cinema scene has evolved considerably in the last five years.

Nujoom Alghanem

Nujoom Alghanem, Sounds of the Sea

Emirati filmmaker and poet Nujoom Alghanem talks about her feature-length documentary Sounds of the Sea capturing a way of Emirati life that is dying out.

Jacqueline Lyanga

Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI FEST

The festival director talks about a few of the anticipated highlights at this year’s feast of global film, including a certain picture that is finally coming home after it was originally set to play the festival in 2013.

Nicolas Villareal

Nicolas Villarreal, Nieta

Nicolas Villarreal is on track for Oscar qualification with his second animated short Nieta, which has screened at multiple festivals including Cannes and Facets, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

Amr Waked

Amr Waked, El Ott

Mystical revenge thriller premiered in competition at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

The Narcicyst

Hip-hop's Narcicyst on short film Rise

Iraqi-Canadian hip-hop and musician Yassin Alsalman, better known as The Narcicyst, is at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival with the short film Rise.

Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli

Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli, Last Summer

Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli’s debut drama Last Summer combines an impressive production team and cast with an intriguing premise.

Jorge Gutierrez

Jorge Gutierrez, The Book Of Life

The Emmy-winning, Mexican-born director of TV animation makes his feature directorial debut on the Fox release – guided by none other than Guillermo del Toro.

Jon Fitzgerald

Jon Fitzgerald, Brad Parks, Hollywood Film Festival

After Jon Fitzgerald and Brad Parks’ philanthropic body Cinecause acquired the Hollywood Film Festival (HFF) in February of this year, the event has received a total make-over and now promotes socially conscious films.

Ivan Kavanagh

Ivan Kavanagh, The Canal

The director talks about Park Films’ deeply atmospheric Ireland/UK movie starring Rupert Evans, former Screen Star Of Tomorrow Antonia Campbell-Hughes and youngster Calum Heath.

Sadyk Sher-Niyaz

Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, Kurmanjan Datka

Kurmanjan Datka is this year’s official foreign-language Oscar entry for Kyrgyzstan and recounts the story of one of the country’s most celebrated female leaders, who lived from 1811-1907.

Lee Yong-kwan

Lee Yong-kwan, Busan Film Festival

Lee Yong-kwan tells Jean Noh about Busan International Film Festival’s role in the international industry, the diverse, new voices of Asian cinema and the festival’s focus on safety and stability

Partho Sen-Gupta, Sunrise

Receiving its world premiere in BIFF’s New Currents competition, Partho Sen-Gupta’s Sunrise tells the story of a police inspector whose daughter was kidnapped years ago when she was only six.

Szifron talks Wild Tales, new sci-fi film

The Argentine director talks about his hit Wild Tales and his ambitious sci-fi four-film project The Foreigner.

Michael R Roskam, Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini

Michael R Roskam, The Drop

The upcoming Belgian director talks to Screen about making the move to US films and working with stars like Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini.

Binger Screen Interview - Fernando Trueba

Fernando Trueba talks film career

Spanish Oscar-winning director, Fernando Trueba was the subject of the Binger/Screen International Interview at the Holland Film Meeting in Utrecht this weekend.

Gabe Ibanez

Gabe Ibáñez, Automata

Spanish director Gabe Ibáñez is in Zurich with star Antonio Banderas to present new sci-fi film Automata.

Get On Up Chadwick Boseman Tate Taylor

Tate Taylor, Get On Up

In Zurich opening night film Get On Up, US director Tate Taylor tells the story of legendary showman James Brown.

The Boxtrolls

Ben Kingsley, Travis Knight on The Boxtrolls

The Oscar-winning actor and Laika CEO, lead animator and producer talk about family feature The Boxtrolls.

Kent Jones

Kent Jones, New York Film Festival

The director and chair of the selection committee at NYFF talks to Jeremy Kay about why world premieres aren’t the name of the game, Martin Scorsese and a certain Edward Snowden documentary.

Yoav Goren in studio

Yoav Goren, Immediate Music

The work of Yoav Goren has been featured in movie trailers for The Wolverine, Rush, 47 Ronin and Star Trek: Into Darkness among many others. On September 12, Goren gives a talk entitled Trailer Music: New Trends/ Modern Techniques at the Production Music Conference in Los Angeles.

Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo, Revenge of the Green Dragons

The co-directors sat down with Jean Noh ahead of the world premiere at Toronto of the gangster drama exec produced by Martin Scorsese.

Isabel Coixet

Isabel Coixet, Learning To Drive

Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley star in the Spanish director’s first film she says is ‘feel good.’

Alan Rickman, A Little Chaos

After making his directorial debut 16 years ago, Alan Rickman returns to the director’s chair with a period drama starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts.

Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano

Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, Samba

The French directing duo follow up their huge hit Intouchables with Samba, starring Omar Sy as an African immigrant in Paris who falls in love with his immigration worker.

David Oelhoffen

David Oelhoffen, Far From Men

French director David Oelhoffen adapts Albert Camus’ short story The Guest into a survival story set during the Algerian War, starring Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb.

James Schamus

James Schamus on life after Focus

Schamus is working on screenplays including Zealot: The Life And Times Of Jesus of Nazareth and an adaptation of Philip Roth’s Indignation.

Jalmari Helander & Onni Tommila

Jalmari Helander & Onni Tommila, Big Game

Daniel Horowitz talks to the Finnish director and lead star of Midnight Madness premiere Big Game.

Boo Ji-young

Boo Ji-young, Cart

Boo Ji-young’s sophomore feature Cart is a topical tale of workers at a big-box retail store.

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead

Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, Spring

The directing duo talk about their second feature, which premiered in the Vanguard section at Toronto.

Susanne Bier, A Second Chance

The Oscar-winning Danish filmmaker follows the romance Love Is All You Need with this darker tale of a detective (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who crosses a moral line after a family tragedy.

Andrew Niccol

Andrew Niccol, Good Kill

In Good Kill, Ethan Hawke plays a conflicted former fighter pilot now operating drones from a base in Las Vegas.

The Reach

Jean-Baptiste Léonetti, The Reach

Three years after his feature directorial debut Carré blanc played at the festival in 2011, the French director who made his name in commercials returns to Toronto with thriller The Reach.

Lone Scherfig

Lone Scherfig, The Riot Club

Danish director and Toronto regular Lone Scherfig (An Education) tackles the badly behaved British aristocracy in Laura Wade’s adaptation of her play Posh, about an infamous Oxford University dining club.

Baldvin Z

Baldvin Z, Life In A Fishbowl

Icelandic director Baldvin Z’s second feature interweaves the story of three very different characters struggling with modern life in Reykjavik.

Michael Winterbottom, The Face of an Angel

Michael Winterbottom talks about his genre-bending new film inspired loosely by the Amanda Knox-Meredith Kercher case.

Safdie Brothers

Joshua & Benny Safdie, Heaven Knows What

The filmmaking brothers talk about their Venice and Toronto selection, including how they were inspired by addict-turned-writer/actress Arielle Holmes.

Cameron Bailey

Toronto: Cameron Bailey talks size and the Telluride policy

Toronto artistic director Cameron Bailey talks to Jeremy Kay about food trucks, not being a snob and the Tulluride policy

Thelma Schoonmaker

Thelma Schoonmaker: Editing is a misunderstood art

Martin Scorsese’s long-time editor talked Raging Bull, the move to digital and the art of cutting while at the Venice Film Festival where she has picked up a lifetime honour.

Naji Abu Nowar, Theeb

Premiering in Venice’s Orizzonti section, Naji Abu Nowar’s Theeb is a coming-of-age story about a young Bedouin boy who is forced to grow up fast following the death of his father and the arrival of a British army officer on a mysterious mission.

Guidance

Pat Mills, Guidance

The Ottawa-born, Ryerson University graduate tells Jeremy Kay why he was the perfect person to play a booze and drug-addled former child star who bluffs his way into a job as a high school guidance counsellor.

David Gordon Green in Venice

David Gordon Green, Manglehorn

The director chats about fables, gospel choirs, casting Harmony Korine and Al Pacino’s preparation process.

David_Mackenzie_Starred_Up

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.

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.

Signe Baumane

Signe Baumane, Rocks In My Pockets

Rocks In My Pockets, the debut feature from respected animator Signe Baumane, will be the first animated feature ever to take part in the Karlovy Vary International Competition. Laurence Boyce spoke to her about the film.

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.

Martin Provost

Martin Provost, Violette

Martin Provost’s French period drama Violette relates the story of author Violette Leduc and her relationship with Simone de Beauvoir. It stars Emmanuelle Devos and Sandrine Kiberlain and has just opened in Los Angeles ahead of a national roll-out.

Andrew Rossi

Andrew Rossi, Ivory Tower

Director Andrew Rossi takes on the rising debt crisis in his documentary film Ivory Tower, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and opens in the US on June 13 through Samuel Goldwyn. Elbert Wyche reports.

Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia

Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia, Recommended By Enrique

The neo-noir premieres at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 13 and plays again on June 17 and tells of a young actress and an aging cowboy in a small Texan town on the Mexican border. Emmanuelle Charlier saddles up.

Cheap Thrills

E.L. Katz, Cheap Thrills

Ian Sandwell talks to the US film-maker about his feature directorial debut.

Fred Schepisi and Curtis Burch

Curtis Burch, Words And Pictures

Producer Curtis Burch talks to Elbert Wyche about financing the film, the need for more character-based films in Hollywood, surprises from the cast and his plans for the future.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Winter Sleep

The Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is glad to be back in Cannes, where he has a happy history. He won the Grand Jury Prize in 2002 for Distant and in again 2011 for Once Upon A Time In Anatolia and a Best Director Award in 2008 for Three Monkeys.

Thomas Cailley

Thomas Cailley, Love At First Fight

“It’s more than the army - it’s the theme of survival” that interests Thomas Cailley in his Director’s Fortnight entry Love at First Fight (Les Combattants).

David Robert Mitchell

David Robert Mitchell, It Follows

The New York based director delivers a buzzy thriller with his second trip to Cannes.

Saint Laurent

Gaspard Ulliel talks about his YSL tranformation

The actor/model talks about working on Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent.

Kanu Behl

Kanu Behl, Titli

Mumbai-based filmmaker Kanu Behl is making his feature debut with Titli, about the youngest member of a car-jacking brotherhood attempting to escape his oppressive family.

John Boorman

John Boorman, Queen and Country

Geoffrey Macnab speaks to the English film-maker about the sequel to his autobiographical feature Hope and Glory.

Fabrice du Welz

Fabrice du Welz, Alleluia

Having had his debut feature Calvaire selected for Critics’ Week in 2004, Fabrice du Welz returns to Cannes with Alleluia in Directors’ Fortnight.

Bridging Sarajevo’s past

The omnibus feature film The Bridges Of Sarajevo, consisting of 13 short films by 13 European directors, will have its world premiere as a Cannes Special Screening on Thursday.

Gael Garcia Bernal in Forsaken

Cuarons go from space to desert with Forsaken

“Forsaken is a story of survival,” says director Jonas Cuaron of his Mexico-France thriller that recently wrapped in Baja, California.

Dean DeBlois in Cannes

Dean DeBlois, How To Train Your Dragon 2

Dean DeBlois’ dragon-flying sequel How To Train Your Dragon 2 takes a bolder, braver approach than the first in the trilogy - bringing heavier topics to the table that according to DeBlois, “have made some people very nervous.”

Kristian Levring

Kristian Levring, The Salvation

Kristian Levring tells Wendy Mitchell about the inspiring process of making The Salvation, a ‘Western that’s a myth about Westerns’

Andrew Hulme

Andrew Hulme, Snow In Paradise

The veteran editor talks about moving into the director’s chair with his story set in London’s East End.

The Darker Than Midnight team in Cannes

Sebastiano Riso, Darker Than Midnight

Italian director Sebastiano Riso’s debut feature Darker Than Midnight - about a gay teenager living on the streets of the Sicilian city of Catania to escape a violent father who disapproves of his girlish looks - is premiering in Critics’ Week. Rai Trade handles sales.

Alice Rohrwacher

Alice Rohrwacher, The Wonders

Thirty-two year-old Italian director Alice Rohrwacher returns to the Croisette with Competition entry The Wonders (Le Meraviglie), a coming-of-age story set in the Italian countryside. 

David Michod

David Michod, The Rover

The director talks about the “incredible beauty and incredible menace” of Australia.

The Go Go Boys at Cannes 2014

The Go-go Boys hit the big screen

Veteran Israeli producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus hit the Palais des Festivals this evening for the Cannes Classics premiere of Hilla Medalia’s documentary The Go-go Boys, charting the rise and fall of their infamous indie studio the Cannon Group.

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Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner

Mike Leigh returns to the Croisette for a fifth time with his biggest-canvas film to date, a biopic of British Romantic painter JMW Turner, who was known as the ‘painter of light’.

Celine Sciamma

Celine Sciamma, Girlhood

Céline Sciamma talks to Melanie Goodfellow about her Directors’ Fortnight opener Girlhood, about teenage girls in Paris.

Bennett Miller

Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

“It’s the kind of film that’s very funny until it’s not funny,” says Bennett Miller of his US competition entry Foxcatcher, backed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures and Columbia Pictures.

Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz

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

The sibling film-making duo talk to Sarah Cooper about the third film in their trilogy, which screens in Directors’ Fortnight.

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Nicholas Stoller, Neighbors

Nicholas Stoller is the director of such films as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five-Year Engagement and Get Him To The Greek, which he also co-wrote. He is also the screenwriter of Fun With Dick And Jane, Yes Man and this year’s Muppets Most Wanted.

Evzen and Deborah Kolar

Evzen Kolar and Deborah Kolar, Never Walk Alone

LA-based Czech producer Evzen Kolar and his wife, marketing strategist Deborah Kolar, who grew up in Ireland, had been looking for an opportunity to work together ever since they produced The Boys & Girl From County Clare in 2003. Then Never Walk Alone came along.

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami, Jellyfish Eyes

Renowned Japanese artist Takashi Murakami talks to Emmanuelle Charlier about his feature directorial debut, a two-part tale about a fatherless youngster in a post-Fukushima world who relocates with this mother to the countryside where he discovers a strange creature.

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