Tracing the Roots of Khalik Allah’s “Camera Ministry”
The director of Black Mother explains how the twin influences of hip-hop culture and international art-house cinema brought him to his artistic calling.
Inside La Fémis: Claire Simon Uncovers the Politics of Film School
Who gets to be groomed for a career in the French film industry? Claire Simon’s The Competition takes a look at the grueling admissions process at the country’s most prestigious film school.
Big Bad World: A Conversation with Lee Chang-dong
In the wake of Burning, one of the most critically acclaimed films of last year, we caught up with the great Korean director about what keeps him going as a storyteller.
Wild Child: A Conversation with Sandi Tan
The award-winning director of Shirkers looks back on her memories of growing up as a rebellious teenage cinephile and the movie-besotted culture of her native Singapore.
Missed Connections: A Conversation with Christian Petzold
In quietly simmering dramas that depict solitary characters on the margins of society, German director Christian Petzold brings the ghosts of history into conversation with modern life.
The Many Faces of Hal Ashby: A Conversation with Amy Scott
New Hollywood rebel Hal Ashby takes the spotlight in a new documentary by director Amy Scott, who talks with us about the deep allure of his humanist sensibility.
Through Her Eyes: A Conversation with Babette Mangolte
At a time when women were rarely seen behind the camera, Babette Mangolte created a bold, distinctive aesthetic with a mix of slow rhythms and hauntingly static compositions.
Getting Baseball Right: A Conversation with Roger Angell
The legendary baseball writer talks about the no-nonsense pleasures of one of the all-time great sports movies and the classic essay he wrote about it.
Of Their Age: Olivier Assayas on the Making of Cold Water
Working within the strict rules and tight budget of a commissioned television project, one of France’s finest contemporary directors made an artistic breakthrough that would go on to define his career.
A Life at the Pictures: A Conversation with Lynne Ramsay
Just before the release of her new film You Were Never Really Here, Lynne Ramsay spoke with us about her early moviegoing life in Glasgow, the version of herself that emerges on set, and the mind-expanding power of chess.
Mysterious Impressions: Connor Jessup on Apichatpong Weerasethakul
In anticipation of his debut on the Criterion Channel, Connor Jessup spoke with us about his experiences as an emerging filmmaker and his collaboration and friendship with Thai maverick Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Home Out of Range: A Conversation with Valeska Grisebach
With her acclaimed new film Western opening in theaters this week, we spoke with German director Valeska Grisebach on the romantic ideals of the quintessential American genre.
On the Slopes: A Conversation with Joe Jay Jalbert
A key collaborator on Michael Ritchie’s Downhill Racer and the creator of two Olympic films, Joe Jay Jalbert chats with us about the art of capturing skiing on-screen.
The Author’s Signature: A Conversation with Michael Haneke
The great Austrian filmmaker spoke with us about his early experiences falling in love with cinema and the films that have shaped his singular aesthetic.
Love My Way: A Conversation with Luca Guadagnino
While he was in town with Call Me by Your Name at the New York Film Festival in October, Luca Guadagnino stopped by our office to talk about inspirations, style, and dancing.
Everyday Magic: Joachim Trier on Reimagining Louis Malle
Norwegian director Joachim Trier talks about how Louis Malle’s 1963 masterpiece The Fire Within inspired his sophomore feature Oslo, August 31st.
Psychotic Break: A Conversation with Alexandre O. Philippe
The shower scene in Psycho remains one of the most iconic scenes in film history. Alexandre O. Philippe, director of the new documentary 78/52,explains why it touched a nerve with audiences.
Behind Closed Doors: A Conversation with Bertrand Bonello
With his controversial new film Nocturama opening in theaters, French director Bertrand Bonello spoke with us about what inspires him as an artist and how he blurs the line between realism and abstraction.
A Cinema of Conscience: Ken Loach and Paul Laverty at Karlovy Vary
Director Ken Loach and his longtime screenwriting partner Paul Laverty, recipients of this year’s Crystal Globe award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, speak about the complex relationship between politics and cinema.
An Honest Bull Session with Carroll Ballard
With both films now streaming on the Criterion Channel, director Carroll Ballard discusses the parallels between his short documentary Rodeo and Francesco Rosi’s bull-fighting classic The Moment of Truth.
Celluloid Phantoms: A Conversation with Bill Morrison
A tireless explorer of cinema’s discarded past, Bill Morrison brings his unique approach to found-footage filmmaking to his latest project, a documentary about lost reels of nitrate film found in Canada’s Yukon Territory.