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DN LFF2013: Salvo – Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza

Making the jump from writers and script consultants to the tandem directors’ chair, Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza channelled their frustrations from years of writing for others into the taut debut feature Salvo. We spoke to the pair about depicting physical and moral blindness onscreen through a mix of stylised POV camera work and rich, multilayered sound design.

DN LFF2013: The Enemy Within – Yorgos Tsemberopoulos

In Yorgos Tsemberopoulos’ 5th feature The Enemy Within, an intellectual is forced to re-evaluate his assumptions when violence invades his home and shakes his family to the core. Yorgos joins us to discuss his multi-decade spanning filmmaking career and the current state of Greek cinema.

DN LFF2013: Lifelong – Asli Özge

Director Asli Özge switches from the documentary style we saw in her debut feature Men on the Bridge back at the London Film Festival 2009 for the more measured, meticulously composed style of new feature Lifelong, which charts the steady dissolution of a bourgeois marriage. We caught up with Asli again to discuss crafting a script where what is left unsaid is just as important as the lines delivered on screen.

DN LFF2013: Short Term 12 – Destin Daniel Cretton

Adapted from his earlier successful short of the same name, Destin Daniel Cretton’s feature Short Term 12 tells the story of a 20-something supervising staff member of a foster care facility and the troubled relationships which fill her life. We caught up with Destin at the London Film Festival to try and discover the formulae for his filmmaking emotional math equations and sign up for his first date questions service.

DN LFF2013: Luton – Michalis Konstantatos

Director Michalis Konstantatos’ debut feature Luton, depicts the mundanity of three seemingly unrelated lives, which are brought together by a deeply visceral connection. We sat down with Michalis to discuss the violence concealed in everyday life and the fallacy of what has been coined as the Greek ‘Weird Wave’ of cinema.

DN LFF2013: Sixteen – Rob Brown

It’s been a little over three years since DN alumni Rob Brown spoke to us about his short film Silent Things, but even back then the seeds of his feature debut, about a former child solider trying to make peace with his past and move on to a promising future, Sixteen were well and truly sown. We’re very pleased to welcome Rob back to DN following Sixteen’s world premiere at the London Film Festival.

DN LFF2013: Youth – Tom Shoval

Tom Shoval’s debut feature Youth shows the desperate lengths two brothers from a newly poor Israeli middle class family go to in an effort to help their parents maintain the family’s way of life. Tom joins us to discuss translating strong fraternal love to the cinema screen and how he used shoplifting as a commitment test for his first time actor brothers.

DN LFF2013: See You Next Tuesday – Drew Tobia

Definitely the only film screening at this year’s London Film Festival which promises that the whole family can enjoy cutting themselves to it; Drew Tobia’s debut feature See You Next Tuesday features a messed up girl going out of her way to abuse and alienate those around her, yet somehow still managing to make you laugh and steal a cosy spot deep in your heart. In between sips of tea and bites of cake, we chatted to Drew about coming up with dual meaning film titles and the effect a single abusive term can have on a film’s festival selection prospects.

DN LFF2013: Ilo Ilo – Anthony Chen

Already an art house hit in France and his native Singapore, Anthony Chen’s debut feature Ilo Ilo pulls inspiration from his younger experiences of family life augmented by a live in Filipino maid, set against the backdrop of the 1997 Asian Financial crisis. We sat down with Anthony to discuss the performance centric return to filmmaking basics that enabled him to create an honest and sincere portrayal of Singaporean family life.

DN LFF2013: Northwest – Michael Noer

Danish director Michael Noer’s newest feature Northwest depicts just how fast petty disputes can spiral out of control for a pair of brothers caught up in Copenhagen’s criminal underworld. Michael joins us to explain how he mixes loose improvisation with tight script takes and how off-screen action can be used to initiate the ‘inner cinema’ of the audience.