Jan 30, 2013

An Interview with Pablo Larrain

I have just added a link ("Feature Articles") to my interview with Pablo Larrain, the director of "No," nominated in the category of "Best Foreign Film." Larrain's candid remarks provide insight into his work as a politically committed filmmaker.

"No" is the third film in Larrain's trilogy about Chile's turbulent past. The first two were "Post Mortem," about the coup which unseated President Salvador Allende and ushered in the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, and "Tony Manero," about a psychopath living during Pinochet's dictatorship who dreams of winning a national dance contest. 

Jan 27, 2013

Top Ten Movies of 2012

Top Ten List (Title, Director, Country of Origin):

1.    "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey
2.   "The Loneliest Planet," Julia Loktev, U.S.
3.   "No," Pablo Larrain, Chile
4.   "This is Not a Film," Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi, Iran
5.   "Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry," Alison Klayman, U.S.
6.   "Words of Witness," Mai Iskander, U.S.
7.   "Corpo Celeste," Alice Rohrwacher, Italy
8.   "Where Do We Go Now?", Nadine Labaki, Lebanon
9.   "Special Flight," Fernand Melgar, Switzerland
10. "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," Lorene Scafaria, U.S.

Check "Film Reviews" and "Feature Articles" on this blog for links to my print reviews of these films, and for my interviews with several of the directors.

In the video below, my friend Melissa Hanson and I have some fun discussing our Top Ten picks for 2012. 

Paolo and Vittorio Taviani Interview

Una Intervista con i fratelli Taviani

Below is my videotaped interview of Paolo and Vittorio Taviani which I conducted in October 2012 during the New York Film Festival premier of "Caesar Must Die" or "Cesare Deve Morire." The interview is in English and Italian. 

You can read my feature article based on the interview here, on FJI's website: http://www.filmjournal.com/filmjournal/content_display/esearch/e3i3704ac91beb74f3ca1f0cfbe052154d9

You can read my movie review of "Caesar Must Die" here: http://www.filmjournal.com/filmjournal/content_display/reviews/specialty-releases/e3i1de5fb1bf7fa19685b9d1818451c17fc