Interview: ‘Swiss Army Man’ Producers Discuss the Passion of New Filmmakers

“Swiss Army Man” is not a film for everyone. At least not according to one of the film’s producers. The film caused some agitation when it premiered at Sundance last year and quickly gained notoriety for turning star Daniel Radcliffe, once an innocent boy wizard, into cinema’s most flatulent carcass. For fans who have embraced the […]

Director of Oscar-Nominated Short ‘Timecode’ Explains Inspiration For Film

A woman flirtatiously explores her creative side while simultaneously breaking free from her mundane duties as a CCTV operator in Juanjo Giménez’s Palme d’Or-winning short film “Timecode.” The film, which nabbed an Academy Award nomination last month for best live action short, opens with Luna (Lali Ayguadé), a young Spanish woman, walking into a parking […]

EXCLUSIVE: A Conversation With Val Kilmer: The ‘Cinema Twain’ Voyage

On the night of December 22, 2016, inside the intimate setting of the historical Clay Theater in San Francisco, Val Kilmer casually emerged from the dark void of the audience, seemingly appearing out of nowhere to take the stage and present his indelible masterpiece, “Cinema Twain,” the film of his one-man play “Citizen Twain,” which he […]

Interview: Makoto Shinkai Talks His Animated Oscar Contender ‘Your Name’

In an awards season short on genuine shocks, LAFCA’s announcement of “Your Name” as their Best Animated Film winner was practically seismic. And no one was more surprised than its director Makoto Shinkai. Recently I interviewed Shinkai to discuss this dazzling anime, which addresses topics of culture, history and modern society. Below is an edited […]

Interview: Lorenzo Vigas Talks Venezuela’s Oscar Submission ‘From Afar’

After winning the top prize at the 2015 Venice Film Festival with his debut feature “From Afar,” Lorenzo Vigas has emerged as one of Latin America’s most promising filmmakers. Centered around an unlikely relationship between two men, his distinctly Venezuelan film explores themes surrounding homophobia, the generation gap and the class divide with impressive formalist control. […]

Interview: Boo Junfeng on the Controversial Humanity of ‘Apprentice’

Tackling a controversial social issue like the death penalty is always a risky proposition for any filmmaker. But when such a topical subject is handled by a thoughtful director like Singapore’s Boo Junfeng, then you know you’re in good hands. I recently spoke with this up-and-coming director, whose latest film “Apprentice” examines the personal and […]

Pavel Giroud

Interview: Pavel Giroud Talks Cuba’s Oscar Submission ‘The Companion’

There have been a number of AIDS-themed films over the years, but you’ll hardly find one quite like “The Companion.” This story of an unlikely friendship in a uniquely Cuban setting provides a fascinating window to the past. And with the film’s selection as the official Cuban entry for the Oscars, director Pavel Giroud hopes […]

Interview: Talking Climate Change With ‘Before the Flood’ Director Fisher Stevens

As an actor, director, producer and writer, Fisher Stevens is one of the most dedicated persons in the film industry. From his early days in front of the camera, he has lately branched into significant directing and producing work related to one of his biggest passions – protecting the environment. For his latest effort “Before […]

Interview: Director Rémi Chayé and Producer Henri Magalon talk ‘Long Way North’

Animation director Rémi Chayé and producer Henri Magalon are no strangers to awards season, having worked on nominated films “The Secret of Kells” and “Ernest and Celestine.” And with Chayé’s debut feature “Long Way North,” they may have another contender to add to their filmography. In this progressive female-centric film, an aristocratic Russian girl defies conventions […]