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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

On Film / Interviews
May 21, 2018
Of Their Age: Olivier Assayas on the Making of Cold Water
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.

By Hillary Weston

On Film / Interviews
May 1, 2018
Mysterious Impressions: Connor Jessup on Apichatpong Weerasethakul
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.

By Hillary Weston

On Film / Interviews
Mar 23, 2018
Excavating Queer Histories with Sam Ashby
Excavating Queer Histories with Sam Ashby

Graphic artist and filmmaker Sam Ashby, whose short The Colour of His Hair is featured on the Criterion Channel this week, speaks with us about a turbulent moment in UK queer history.

Home Out of Range: A Conversation with Valeska Grisebach
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.

By Andrew Chan

On Film / Interviews
Feb 14, 2018
On the Slopes: A Conversation with Joe Jay Jalbert
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.

By Hillary Weston

On Film / Interviews
Feb 6, 2018
Francisca Alegría Explains Her “Conscious Camera”
Francisca Alegría Explains Her “Conscious Camera”

With her award-winning short film playing on the Criterion Channel, Chilean newcomer Francisca Alegría chats with our programmer about the art and experiences that inspire her work.

The Author’s Signature: A Conversation with Michael Haneke
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.

By Hillary Weston

On Film / Interviews
Dec 26, 2017
Love My Way: A Conversation with Luca Guadagnino
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.

By Hillary Weston

On Film / Interviews
Dec 19, 2017
Everyday Magic: Joachim Trier on Reimagining Louis Malle
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.

By Hillary Weston

On Film / Interviews
Dec 17, 2017
Psychotic Break: A Conversation with Alexandre O. Philippe
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.

By Hillary Weston

On Film / Interviews
Oct 11, 2017
Behind Closed Doors: A Conversation with Bertrand Bonello
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.

By Hillary Weston

On Film / Interviews
Aug 11, 2017
The Music of Memory: A Conversation with Michael Almereyda
The Music of Memory: A Conversation with Michael Almereyda

Writer-director Michael Almereyda spoke with us about his two latest films and the passions that continue to fuel his creative life.

By Hillary Weston

On Film / Interviews
Aug 2, 2017
A Cinema of Conscience: Ken Loach and Paul Laverty at Karlovy Vary
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.

By Neil McGlone

On Film / Interviews
Jul 21, 2017
Breaking Ground: A Conversation with Donna Deitch
Breaking Ground: A Conversation with Donna Deitch

With a weeklong run of our new restoration of Desert Hearts opening at the IFC Center in New York, we spoke with director Donna Deitch about this landmark of LGBT filmmaking.

By Hillary Weston

On Film / Interviews
Jul 19, 2017
An Honest Bull Session with Carroll Ballard
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.

By Michael Sragow

On Film / Interviews
Jun 20, 2017
Celluloid Phantoms: A Conversation with Bill Morrison
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.

By Hillary Weston

On Film / Interviews
Jun 14, 2017
Talking Buñuel and Blasphemy with Chema García Ibarra
Talking Buñuel and Blasphemy with Chema García Ibarra

The Spanish filmmaker, whose short film Mystery is featured on the Criterion Channel, discusses his love for Luis Buñuel and the influence of Catholicism on his worldview.

By Andrew Chan

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Jun 7, 2017
Sonic Memories: A Conversation with Ryuichi Sakamoto
Sonic Memories: A Conversation with Ryuichi Sakamoto

Earlier this spring, Ryuichi Sakamoto gave an exquisitely intimate concert at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Surrounded by a small audience in the venue’s opulent Veterans Room, the renowned Japanese composer was positioned in the center of th…

By Hillary Weston

On Film / Interviews
Jun 1, 2017
Destination Paris: A Trip to the Librairie du Cinéma du Panthéon
Destination Paris: A Trip to the Librairie du Cinéma du Panthéon

It was a cold January morning, with biting winds coming off the Seine, when I stopped by the Librairie du Cinéma du Panthéon during a break from working on our upcoming release of Marcel Pagnol’s Marseille Trilogy. This film-specialty bookstore e…

Couple Behind the Curtain: A Conversation with Daniel Raim
Couple Behind the Curtain: A Conversation with Daniel Raim

In his latest film, director Daniel Raim explores the legacy of two Hollywood veterans whose highly influential six-decade career has long gone unsung.

By Hillary Weston

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Apr 27, 2017
Cinéastes de notre temps for Our Times: A Conversation with Richard Peña
Cinéastes de notre temps for Our Times: A Conversation with Richard Peña

Programmer Michael Sragow and former Film Society of Lincoln Center program director Richard Peña discuss the holy grail of cinephile TV series and the legendary figures it profiled.

By Michael Sragow

On Film / Interviews
Apr 20, 2017
Out of This World: Dash Shaw on Fantastic Planet
Out of This World: Dash Shaw on Fantastic Planet

Artist and writer Dash Shaw chats with us about first discovering René Laloux’s 1973 sci-fi masterpiece and its lasting influence on his own illustration style.

On Film / Interviews
Apr 17, 2017
Grotesque Poetry: A Conversation with Lina Wertmüller
Grotesque Poetry: A Conversation with Lina Wertmüller

With a comprehensive retrospective of her work opening at New York’s Quad Cinema, Lina Wertmüller chats with us about her early days as a moviegoer and her collaborative process.

By Hillary Weston

On Film / Interviews
Apr 12, 2017