Tag: film

A Second Start

June 2016

The Danish filmmaker discusses refugee children in Denmark, the safety of schools, and the quiet power of the observer.

Jake Robertson: We Have Full Power Relaxing

May 2016

On Paul Thomas Anderson’s Junun, or, the Madness of Love.

Elettra Pauletto: Film, Theater and Human Trafficking

April 2016

An examination of the role art can play in combating human trafficking

Ratik Asokan: The Reality of Conjecture

March 2016

Asghar Farhadi’s cinematic legacy.

James Orbesen: Comically Real

March 2016

Ideology and aesthetic essentialism in super hero films.

Piotr Florczyk: Retracing the Decalogue

March 2016

Remembering Kieslowski on the 20th anniversary of his death.

Slow Burn

January 2016

The Philippine cinema pioneer on why films are “the greatest mirror of humanity’s struggle.”

James Orbesen: Let’s Party Like it’s 1984

July 2015

Does Hollywood’s reboot obsession point to a more pervasive cultural trend?

Bo Wang: Doric Columns in Chongqing

June 2015

Jacob Kiernan interviews the filmmaker on his upcoming project in Hong Kong, dislodged cultural identity, and the evolution of wedding photography in China.

The People’s Pervert

June 2015

Boundaries of Taste: The filmmaker and artist on the evolution of bad taste.

Syria in its Own Image

February 2015

The documentarian and journalist on the nation’s portrayal in the global media, the power of emergency cinema, and the role of the intellectual in revolution.

The Hollywood Blacklist, Revisited

January 2015

The filmmaker and scholar on the radical legacy of American Communist film.

Documentary Film and the Pleasure Principle

December 2014

Reflections on Les Blank.

Marin Karmitz: A Life of Cinema Activism

June 2014

Sarah Françoise talks with the filmmaker, on the occasion of his MOMA retrospective, about political fiction, debating Godard, and fighting battles through the cinema.

Davi Pretto: Only the Fictions Can Heal Us

April 2014

Ela Bittencourt talks to the director about his film Castanha and the blurred lines between fiction and reality.

A Gentleman’s War

April 2014

In the fields of Brooklyn’s Jamaica Bay, a documentarian explores the transnational landscape of the sport of cricket.

Shooting Film

April 2014

In Not Afraid of Film Anymore, Czech artist Tomáš Svoboda examines how we have become calm observers of modern horror.

Effacing Memory

April 2014

The artist defaces dictators who amassed illegitimate power, and works of art.

The Offence

March 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 Bokaer

February 2014

Jonah Bokaer’s immersive performances explore relationships between technology and the body.

Richard Falk: Uncovering Occupied Palestine

February 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 Paris

December 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 Life

November 2013

Face-to-face with survivors of one of the most infamous drone strikes in Pakistan.

Emma Myers: The Way of the Flesh

October 2013

On class, intimacy, and the uses of the body in Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color.

Tomas Hachard: Against Closure

October 2013

How Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave accomplishes what other films have not.

Spencer McCall: Roaming San Francisco in Search of Elsewhere

October 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 Road

August 2013

A look at the carefree travel guys and the lost-and-lonely journeywomen who populate the road-movie genre.

Surfacing Impunity

July 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 Thinking

June 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 Things

June 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 Gatsby

May 2013

Meditations on Jay G, Jay-Z, the art of plagiarism, and America’s love affair with money, guns, and decadence

Guernica Movies: 5+5

March 2013

Life in a Chinese artists’ colony through the eyes of the local taxi driver

Lara Baladi: Alone, Together

January 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 2012

January 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 Cinema

November 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 Instincts

October 2012

Bestiaire’s place in the filmmaker’s oeuvre and anthropomorphic conceptions.

Angela Chen: Ai Weiwei Still Isn’t Sorry

July 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 Doom

July 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild's dark current.

Precarious Ground

July 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 Wit

July 2012

Nora Ephron's light touch was no accident.

Brook Wilensky-Lanford: Empowerment Imperative

July 2012

A writer raised on feminist fairy tales reflects on Brave and Bloody and having it all.

Julia Cooke: Cuban Zombies and Disappearing Acts

June 2012

What can we learn about Cuba from zombie movies and escape ploys?

Ann DeWitt: Marina Abramovic’s Gestures of Empathy in an Absentee World

June 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 Stories

June 2012

The scariest movies of the summer are at the Human Rights Watch film festival.

Meaghan Winter: Xiaolu Guo’s Modernity Enthusiasts

June 2012

A fabulist film highlights the absurdity of breakneck-paced development, and its relevance inside and outside of China.

Tomas Hachard: The Red Ink

June 2012

What happens when censorship becomes an artistic device?

Kaya Genç: Our Grand Young Filmmaker

June 2012

Memories of director Seyfi Teoman, whose two feature films drove Turkish film for two decades.

Tomas Hachard: At the End of the Arc

May 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 Place

May 2012

The Cannes Jury Prize-winning film Polisse has striking similarities to Law & Order.

Rachel Riederer: Emergency in Slow Motion

April 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 Speaks

April 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 Fiction

March 2012

The memoirist/poet on adaptation and how all literary trilogies come back to Star Wars.

Gang, Interrupted

February 2012

Hoop Dreams director Steve James’s new film follows former gang members who neutralize Chicago gang violence

Fear and Framing in Kashmir

May 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 Silence

May 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 Robbery

February 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 Award

January 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 Stupidity

June 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 Blowhard

May 2010

Samuel Fuller had a pulp-fiction mindset and the former tabloid-reporter's tendency to think in screaming headlines.

Rec Room: Meakin Armstrong: Jellyfish

May 2010

This film is melancholic, but still in love with the world and its magic.

Meakin Armstrong: On I’m Here

March 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-Media

March 2010

Orson Welles, the true king of all-media.

Meakin Armstrong: On Harpo Speaks! and My Wicked Wicked Ways

January 2010

Neither book requires its readers to be a fan of the star—and that’s why they are great reads.

Coming to Amreeka

September 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 Coyle

July 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 Whitney

June 2009 Synecdoche New York is a brilliant film that is sad, strange, illuminating, funny, epic, and totally original.