The OffenceMarch 2014
An excerpt from Karolina Breguła’s short film about a Hungarian town’s fear of modernity.
Dancing With the Machine: Studio Visit With Jonah BokaerFebruary 2014
Jonah Bokaer’s immersive performances explore relationships between technology and the body.
Richard Falk: Uncovering Occupied PalestineFebruary 2014
Life under occupation in Hany Alu-Assad’s Omar.
Xiaolu Guo: Why Do We Still Pretend We Are Free?January 2014
Free Expression: The writer and filmmaker on her encounters with commercial censorship.
Tina Hassannia: An Iranian in ParisDecember 2013
Asghar Farhadi’s The Past raises questions about what makes a film Iranian and how we should treat that category in the first place
Guernica Films: Measure of a LifeNovember 2013
Face-to-face with survivors of one of the most infamous drone strikes in Pakistan.
Emma Myers: The Way of the FleshOctober 2013
On class, intimacy, and the uses of the body in Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color.
Tomas Hachard: Against ClosureOctober 2013
How Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave accomplishes what other films have not.
Spencer McCall: Roaming San Francisco in Search of ElsewhereOctober 2013
Susie Neilson talks to the director of The Institute, a documentary about an alternate reality game that had San Franciscans wandering the city streets in search of heaven on earth.
Chen Hooft van Huysduynen: Gender on the RoadAugust 2013
A look at the carefree travel guys and the lost-and-lonely journeywomen who populate the road-movie genre.
Surfacing ImpunityJuly 2013
The documentary filmmaker on reenacting atrocity as an allegory for impunity in his new film, The Act of Killing, which exposes the perpetrators of Indonesia’s mid-century genocide.
Jillian Steinhauer: Hannah Arendt’s Passionate ThinkingJune 2013
Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic yields an insight that’s fresher than “the banality of evil,” and just as true.
Leah Carroll: They Wanted Beautiful, Gorgeous ThingsJune 2013
The teen crime ring that robbed Hollywood’s starlets, and the infinite media loops who love them.
Keith Meatto: Seven Ways of Looking at The Great GatsbyMay 2013
Meditations on Jay G, Jay-Z, the art of plagiarism, and America’s love affair with money, guns, and decadence
Guernica Movies: 5+5March 2013
Life in a Chinese artists’ colony through the eyes of the local taxi driver
Lara Baladi: Alone, TogetherJanuary 2013
A video artist draws on news footage, historical videos, Fela Kuti, Slavoj Žižek, Lewis Carroll, and others to reflect on Tahrir Square two years after #Jan25.
Aseem Chhabra: The 10 Best Films of 2012January 2013
From the CIA’s hunt for Bin Laden to an East German doctor’s search for an escape, 2012 was an excellent year in film.
Angela Boskovitch and Laura Silvia Battaglia: Operation Iraqi CinemaNovember 2012
The Baghdad International Film Festival is part of a larger effort to bring the arts back to Iraq’s once-flourishing capital.
Tomas Hachard: Denis Côté’s Animal InstinctsOctober 2012
Bestiaire’s place in the filmmaker’s oeuvre and anthropomorphic conceptions.
Angela Chen: Ai Weiwei Still Isn’t SorryJuly 2012
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is now as notorious for his political actions as for his work. Alison Klayman’s new documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, shows that his originality comes precisely from combining the two.
Tomas Hachard: Rose-Colored DoomJuly 2012
Beasts of the Southern Wild‘s dark current.
Precarious GroundJuly 2012
Documentarian Annie Eastman tells the stories of families in Salvador’s palafitas—water slums built on piles of garbage—and confronts her outsider status.
Claire Lambrecht: Weight and WitJuly 2012
Nora Ephron’s light touch was no accident.
Brook Wilensky-Lanford: Empowerment ImperativeJuly 2012
A writer raised on feminist fairy tales reflects on Brave and Bloody and having it all.
Julia Cooke: Cuban Zombies and Disappearing ActsJune 2012
What can we learn about Cuba from zombie movies and escape ploys?
Ann DeWitt: Marina Abramovic’s Gestures of Empathy in an Absentee WorldJune 2012
The documentary Marina Abramovic The Artist Is Present gives an inside look at the artist’s discipline, creative process, and love story.
Rachel Riederer: Human Rights Horror StoriesJune 2012
The scariest movies of the summer are at the Human Rights Watch film festival.
Meaghan Winter: Xiaolu Guo’s Modernity EnthusiastsJune 2012
A fabulist film highlights the absurdity of breakneck-paced development, and its relevance inside and outside of China.
Tomas Hachard: The Red InkJune 2012
What happens when censorship becomes an artistic device?
Kaya Genç: Our Grand Young FilmmakerJune 2012
Memories of director Seyfi Teoman, whose two feature films drove Turkish film for two decades.
Tomas Hachard: At the End of the ArcMay 2012
Kelly Reichardt’s Oregon Trilogy, screening at the Whitney’s Biennial, explores the thin lines between hope and loss, sorrow and joy, the America we’ve got and the one we could have had.
Rose Lichter-Marck: Love in a Hopeless PlaceMay 2012
The Cannes Jury Prize-winning film Polisse has striking similarities to Law & Order.
Rachel Riederer: Emergency in Slow MotionApril 2012
“The Island President,” a new film about the crisis in the Maldives, wants to change the way we talk about climate change.
Raymond Stock: Omar Sharif SpeaksApril 2012
In this never-published interview legendary actor Omar Sharif speaks about fathering a half-Jewish son in a one-night-stand and working on a bawdy, nearly forgotten film with Peter O’Toole.
Nick Flynn: Dads, DeNiro, and Turning Memoir into FictionMarch 2012
The memoirist/poet on adaptation and how all literary trilogies come back to Star Wars.
Gang, InterruptedFebruary 2012
Hoop Dreams director Steve James’s new film follows former gang members who neutralize Chicago gang violence
Fear and Framing in KashmirMay 2011
The filmmaker Tariq Tapa on growing up Jewish and Muslim in New York, saying the unsayable, and the future of horror films.
The Other Face of SilenceMay 2011
The award-winning Palestinian director on his latest and most personal film, Israel’s moral army, and the power of silence.
Palestine’s Great Book RobberyFebruary 2011
The Israeli filmmaker on the need to reclaim Palestinian books looted by Israeli forces in 1948 and why Israel’s internal conflict gives him hope for peace.
Guernica Interviewee Cherien Dabis Wins 2011 Sundance/NHK International Filmmaker AwardJanuary 2011
|Cherien Dabis ended her 2009 Guernica interview with: “I am lucky enough to have yet another story in me that I really want to tell, so I am working on that.” This unnamed project became May in the Summer and earned Dabis an award for visionary filmmakers.|
Meakin Armstrong: On Stupidity and The Encyclopedia of StupidityJune 2010
Given the recent major acts of idiocy (the BP fiasco), it’s about time we studied stupidity and kept the chronically dense (Palin & co.) from destroying our world.
Meakin Armstrong: On Cinema’s Beautiful BlowhardMay 2010
Samuel Fuller had a pulp-fiction mindset and the former tabloid-reporter’s tendency to think in screaming headlines.
Rec Room: Meakin Armstrong: JellyfishMay 2010
This film is melancholic, but still in love with the world and its magic.
Meakin Armstrong: On I’m HereMarch 2010
This story of two robots in love asserts that sacrifice is what makes love worthwhile.
Meakin Armstrong: On the Greatest Living Director (You Never Heard Of)March 2010
The greatest living filmmaker you’ve never heard of.
Meakin Armstrong: Orson Welles, Rightful King of All-MediaMarch 2010
Orson Welles, the true king of all-media.
Meakin Armstrong: On Harpo Speaks! and My Wicked Wicked WaysJanuary 2010
Neither book requires its readers to be a fan of the star—and that’s why they are great reads.
Coming to AmreekaSeptember 2009
The filmmaker on her feel-good (sort of) movie, Palestinians in the Windy City, and how personal experiences can trump political arguments.
Meakin Armstrong: On The Friends of Eddie CoyleJuly 2009
Available again, is Robert Mitchum’s performance in The Friends of Eddie Coyle as an aging gunrunner forced by circumstances to snitch on his criminal “friends. ”
Staff Pick: Joel WhitneyJune 2009
Synecdoche New York is a brilliant film that is sad, strange, illuminating, funny, epic, and totally original.