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Stop-Motion with a Human Touch: A Conversation with Anna Mantzaris
Stop-Motion with a Human Touch: A Conversation with Anna Mantzaris

The filmmaker behind the short Good Intentions, now featured on the Criterion Channel, talks with us about the long and laborious process of bringing human complexity to her animated puppets.

By Penelope Bartlett

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Curtain Call: Noah Baumbach on Making Divorce Cinematic
Curtain Call: Noah Baumbach on Making Divorce Cinematic

How do you tell a story that seems to be over? The director of Marriage Story talks with us about the craft that goes into building a shared history and intimacy between characters whose relationship is already fractured.

By Hillary Weston

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Retail Nightmare: A Trip Inside Peter Strickland’s Sensorium
Retail Nightmare: A Trip Inside Peter Strickland’s Sensorium

The director behind such audaciously stylized fantasias as The Duke of Burgundy and In Fabric looks back on his formative experiences at repertory movie theaters and department stores.

By Hillary Weston

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Among Friends: A Chat with the Directors of Feast of the Epiphany
Among Friends: A Chat with the Directors of Feast of the Epiphany

A thought-provoking experiment in cinematic form, the new film by Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert, and Farihah Zaman meditates on the power of food and community through an innovative mix of truth and fiction.

By Andrew Chan

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The Notes in Between: A Conversation with Nicholas Britell
The Notes in Between: A Conversation with Nicholas Britell

One of the most sought-after composers in film and television opens up about his genre-defying sound and his deeply collaborative relationships with directors.

By Hillary Weston

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Mystery of Faith: What “the Breath of Religion” Means to Mark Le Fanu
Mystery of Faith: What “the Breath of Religion” Means to Mark Le Fanu

In his thought-provoking latest book, the critic and frequent Criterion contributor traces the complex ways European filmmakers have grappled with the influences of Christianity and modernity.

By Andrew Chan

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Moxie to Burn: Natasha Lyonne on Barbara Stanwyck
Moxie to Burn: Natasha Lyonne on Barbara Stanwyck

Unapologetic sexuality, comedic brilliance, fiery conviction: the Emmy-nominated actor talks about the qualities that distinguish one of classic Hollywood’s most audacious stars.

By Hillary Weston

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Dead Neighbors: Jim Jarmusch on George A. Romero
Dead Neighbors: Jim Jarmusch on George A. Romero

With his eccentric new zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die coming to theaters, Jim Jarmusch talks with us about the inspiration he drew from the late horror maestro’s postmodern, politically tinged approach to genre.

By Hillary Weston

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Anna Biller’s Pleasure Principles
Anna Biller’s Pleasure Principles

With her films now streaming on the Criterion Channel, the director of The Love Witch gives us an in-depth look at her extravagantly detailed, meticulously controlled visual style.

By Hillary Weston

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A Leading Palestinian Auteur Looks Toward the Light

Cannes 2019

A Leading Palestinian Auteur Looks Toward the Light

Elia Suleiman, who returned to Cannes this year with his latest film, talks with us about comedy as a form of political resistance.

By Bilge Ebiri

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A Filmmaking Family Takes to the Streets

Cannes 2019

A Filmmaking Family Takes to the Streets

Legendary activist filmmaker Fernando Solanas joins his son and daughter in Cannes for their latest project, a chronicle of the long, hard fight for abortion rights in Argentina.

By Bilge Ebiri

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Joanna Hogg Revisits Her Past Selves
Joanna Hogg Revisits Her Past Selves

With her first three films now playing on the Criterion Channel, the acclaimed British director digs back into the past to trace the roots of her cinephilia and artistry.

By Hillary Weston

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Lucid Dreams: A Conversation with Bi Gan
Lucid Dreams: A Conversation with Bi Gan

With a new film in theaters and two early works on the Criterion Channel, the Chinese wunderkind talks with us about the challenges he’s faced while forging his idiosyncratic path through cinema.

By Andrew Chan

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A Sit-Down with Mike Leigh
A Sit-Down with Mike Leigh

On the occasion of the premiere of his new film, Peterloo, we talked with the British master about what keeps him going as an artist and what he enjoys most about his idiosyncratic process.

By Hillary Weston

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Getting to Know Barbara Loden
Getting to Know Barbara Loden

The filmmaker Katja Raganelli talks with us about what it was like to create an intimate portrait of the Wanda director toward the end of her life.

By Valeria Rotella

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Tracing the Roots of Khalik Allah’s “Camera Ministry”
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.

By Andrew Chan

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Inside La Fémis: Claire Simon Uncovers the Politics of Film School
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.

By Nellie Killian

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Big Bad World: A Conversation with Lee Chang-dong
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.

By Andrew Chan

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Wild Child: A Conversation with Sandi Tan
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.

By Andrew Chan

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Missed Connections: A Conversation with Christian Petzold
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.

By Hillary Weston

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The Many Faces of Hal Ashby: A Conversation with Amy Scott
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.

By Hillary Weston

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Through Her Eyes: A Conversation with Babette Mangolte
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.

By Hillary Weston

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Getting Baseball Right: A Conversation with Roger Angell
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.

By Anna Thorngate

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Juliette Binoche on the Art of Being Directed
Juliette Binoche on the Art of Being Directed

The veteran actor shares lessons she’s learned from working with some of the world’s greatest filmmakers.

By Hillary Weston

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