We joined director Saverio Costanzo at the London Film Festival to discuss ‘Hungry Hearts’, the tale of a couple’s relationship put to the test when they encounter a life or death circumstance.
Undeniably one of the best films screening at this year’s London Film Festival, Ana Lily Amirpour’s ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’ is an impressive debut feature & holds the honour of being the first Iranian Vampire Western. We caught up with Amirpour to discuss the importance of music in her filmmaking process.
In the first of our interviews from the 58th BFI London Film Festival we talk to director Duane Hopkins about his exploration of the lives of England’s abandoned classes in his second feature ‘Bypass’.
We bring our series of London Film Festival interviews to a close for another year with filmmaker and fellow curator Jason B Kohl’s short The Slaughter. Jason joins us to discuss how he approached the fractious father/son relationship which provides the meat of The Slaughter’s dramatic conflict, whilst also tackling the strangely abstract distance the majority of us have from the food we eat.
In Jill Soloway’s psychosexual comedy Afternoon Delight, a married mother decides it’s her duty to rescue a stripper but along the way discovers that the person most in need of rescue is herself. Jill joins us to discuss how the project shifted tone after the filming of a key scene and playing against cinematic conventions by exploring a narrative through the heroine’s journey.
The first time we spoke to Spanish director Alberto Morais it was to discuss a journey taken by the old in The Waves. Alberto returns to the London Film Festival this year with yet another journey film; this time undertaken by the young on behalf of the old in The Kids from the Port. We caught up with Alberto again to discuss directing child actors and the difficulties of filmmaking in a country that has little regard for homegrown artistic culture.
Playing out over a nature rich, fragmented dreamlike structure, Daniel Patrick Carbone’s first feature Hide Your Smiling Faces beautifully brings the spiritual truth of young men facing questions of mortality and their relationships with themselves and each other to screen. We talk to Daniel about getting the best performances from a young cast and channeling past experiences into a narrative.
With his new film Drinking Buddies, mumblecore pioneer Joe Swanberg returns for the sixth time to the London Film Festival. The film is Swanberg’s fifteenth feature, and finds him working on his biggest scale to date, with named actors and rising cinematographer Ben Richardson along for the ride. The film tells the story of two co-workers at a Chicago brewing plant who seem to be drifting closer and closer together – despite both being in relationships. During the festival, I sat down with Swanberg to find out more about the film and the working methods behind it.
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.
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.